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You (Don't) Got Mail: Post Office May Cut Day of Delivery

You (Don't) Got Mail: Post Office May Cut Day of Delivery

The US Post Office delivered a plea to Congress yesterday — please don't make us deliver mail six days a week. If you consider the last time you wrote someone a letter versus an email, you can understand why the post office is having a hard time meeting rising costs. In fact, last year the post office was $2.8 billion in the red.

Considering the tough times, the Postmaster General would like the flexibility to shift to five-day delivery. While I'm sure mail carriers who work on the weekend hope Saturday delivery would be the first to go, it's more likely that a slow mail day, like Tuesday, will be cut first.

Are you surprised the post office is asking for a day off and not a bailout?


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kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
It is a dying industry so a bail out would be a foolish waste of money. I mail only one bill a month and if there were a way to pay it online, I would. I do love receiving my packages and my magazines but one less day won't kill me.
CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
Evil grammar police say: It's "You (Haven't) Got Mail".
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
No...I'm always soo sad on Sunday when I don't get mail. I can't handle another day :(
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
Cutting a day is fine, but it would only make sense if it was Saturday.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I don't think whether or not postal workers want a split weekend should be a deciding factor. Lots of jobs don't have two days off in a row.
Katie-Kat398180 Katie-Kat398180 8 years
I really don't care if they cut out a day. If that's what they need to do, then they should do it.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
As far as online shopping goes, most companies use UPS and FedEx now. I very rarely receive anything by USPS anymore with the exception of my book club books. - Dave, you better be careful. She'll get you in your sleep. ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
That's what you think now...
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Jude - That's how I converted Mrs Dave to bill pay. Fortunately, being as she's a pastor, she forgave me quickly. ;)
Symphonee Symphonee 8 years
I only get mail three days a week anyway. I could live with it. Cut anyday, I don't care. I am not in a rush to get useless catalogs or Gerber life mailings.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
I'm down with a 5 day delivery schedule, but Tuesday off? I would hate to have Sunday off, go to work Monday and have Tuesday off.
floppyfish1986 floppyfish1986 8 years
Most postal workers around here are over paid compared to the other people in my town, maybe if they didn't make 20 dollars an hour the post office could survive.
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
netflix! noooo!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years that how Mrs. Dave converted you to online bill pay, Dave?
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Break his arm, that way he can't write checks. Then you can show him what a great alternative epay is... ;)
skb9850 skb9850 8 years
If this only affects residential, I really don't care what day they cut. Now if I could only get my hubby to agree to online bill pay, I wouldn't care if they cut more days. :lol:
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Ugh, this needs to be done. I think it would be an awkward flow for people to work M/W/Th/F/S, though.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Ahhh commenting is turning into a nightmare for me. TS I'm mainly whining though. I do believe the post office should do what it needs to do to stay a float. One day isn't the end of the world.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I'm mainly b*tching though TS, they should do what they need to do to stay afloat.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I shop a lot with smaller online stores and ebay. Also if I have the option I often choose USPS, unless it's more expensive, because I know I won't have to miss out on Saturdays cause UPS doesn't have normal delivery on the weekend.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I think it's a great idea as well. Considering email and online bill pay, there's not as much important stuff that goes through the mail anyway. I think 4 days out of the week, all I personally receive is junk mail and solitications. I wouldn't miss those.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
I wouldn't care if they stopped delivering on Saturdays, but I hope they still plan to be open to buy stamps and at least get postage on boxes you want to ship.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Meh. My comment got ate. But I was going to add this seems like a good chance for private companies to jump in and fill any gaps it might leave. I'd think conservatives would be happy about that!
True-Song True-Song 8 years
This seems like a great idea. I don't need my daily delivery of junk mail. I like the idea of reducing delivery for residential areas and leaving businesses as is. I have lots of stuff delivered to my work as it is. If I really needed it, or even if I just wanted my Netflix, I could have it sent to my job. Jessie, don't most online shopping purchases come via ups or fedex anyways?
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I'm also not okay with what this would do to my Netflix delivery.
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