Lazy Postal Workers? East 14th Street “POS” Office

East 14th Street USPS, NYC

As it’s name implies (see above image), this “POS” office performed poorly today.

Despite the fact that there was more than one person in our apartment all day (excluding the ‘must have been in the bathroom and didn’t hear when I knocked’ excuse), I found a missed delivery notice in the mailbox, stating that I can pick up my package at the post office.

The postal worker never even came up to the apartment to try to deliver the package.  The worker was either too lazy to take the elevator and walk a few steps, or didn’t bother to bring the package with them from the post office in the first place.  It’s especially ridiculous considering it’s a tube mailer for a poster.  It’s not heavy.  It’s not something that would be difficult to deliver.  It was just laziness.

I asked around and heard that this is a common problem for this post office.  The delivery person regularly leaves the ‘missed delivery’ notice without actually trying to deliver the package first.  In fact, this post office in particular seems to have a lot of problems, judging from the Google maps reviews page.  Is poor service the standard at this post office?

I remember hearing on the news that the USPS is about to start running in the red, presumably because of lack of business and competition from private sector alternatives like FedEX and UPS.  Is it any wonder that people are choosing slightly pricier, but more reliable alternatives who will actually deliver the package?  The shipping costs I paid for that package was to have it delivered to my door, not for me to have to go pick it up.  With me having to go pick it up myself due to lack of proper service, you could even say that the USPS stole money from me, since they haven’t rendered the service I paid for.

The USPS, at least this “POS” office, is one more overpaid and underperforming government office that needs to have the fat trimmed to stay reliable and solvent.