REALITY?: Update on Government Uselessness

E-mailed my niece in Spain to have her let me know if the packages I sent out on December 11th did not make it because I couldn’t track it.  She already had them!  So that’s great service.

However, a check on the USPS website to track this package still shows this:


What I circled above says:  Your item was accepted at 9:37 AM on December 11, 2007 in BURLINGTON, CT 06013.  Information, if available, is updated every evening.  Please check again later.

I also had requested e-mail tracking and did immediately receive an update with the above information and nothing since.

This is why it’s likely time for a non-government mail service to take over.  The delivery services such as UPS, DHL, Fedex, etc. have done a great job of package service (btw, because of the delivery locations I could not use them for these two sendings), and e-mail and text messaging have cut a huge chunk out of the mail service–not to mention online bill paying and e-mail greeting cards–so it’s time for someone to step up to the plate for the rest of the postal service.

Neither rain nor sleet, etc.; but lack of computer savvy will do it.

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6 Responses to REALITY?: Update on Government Uselessness

  1. Creechman says:

    Next up? Universal Health Care with equal efficiency.

  2. Maybe the folks who Post Office’s customer service center 1-800-ask-USPS can give you more information.

    I know as Letter Carrier sometimes INcoming international mail has 2 tracking numbers. Perhaps your OUTgoing piece was last scanned when it left the U.S. for Spain.

    How long was it in travel?

    PS The USPS delivers EXPRESS MAIL -> EVERY DAY <- in certain cities including Long Beach, Carson, & Signal Hill, CA

  3. I am very proud of my coworkers who make up the United States Postal Service. I find them to be honest, longworking people who seem to well-rounded with a balance family life.

    At least that’s my experience in SoCaL. But to tell you the truth, whether I worked for them or not, as a USPS customer I would NOT want the hnd of another entity in MY own mailbox.

    It would NOT be a good thing for the Post Office to become privatized!

  4. easywriter says:

    Mail Hmmph! I have issues with mail! Lost and pre-opened correspondences and bills and no explainations, ever! They lose and tamper with my outgoing too. But that’s in Canada.

  5. Kat says:

    This is a prime example of why they are loosing money and more people prefer to send email over snail mail. But I think privatizing it would be worse. Just think of companies like HP who have spied on their employees or how some companies monitor web traffic, providing this info to the govenment. I just think the USPS needs some clean up and more high-tech tracking. I understand your frustration though. Been there.

  6. susan says:

    I’ve posted an update, but the package I was expecting from Texas via Priority mail shipped Dec. 13th finally arrived on the 24th. That’s bad service–11 days for $10 paid to deliver asap.

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