Every Monday, Paula Light, with her The Monday Peeve prompt, gives us an opportunity to vent or rant about something that pisses us off. My peeve today is about the United States Postal Service, or USPS.
The motto of the USPS is “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” That’s all well and good, but what about mismanagement and incompetence?
Donald Trump appointed Louis DeJoy, a major political donor and fundraiser for the Republican Party, as Postmaster General. DeJoy is the first postmaster in two decades without prior experience in the USPS, and his mission since taking over the USPS seems to be geared towards dismantling it, maybe in the hope of taking it private.
Mail service has been abysmal since DeJoy took over, but due to some arcane procedural rules, Joe Biden, who promised to remove DeJoy, has as yet been unable to do so.
My specific peeve with the USPS started shortly after my wife and I adopted a rescue dog on March 20th. She is allegedly a Labrador Retriever mix, but the more I look at her, I think she’s got some Boxer in her. Maybe more Boxer than Lab. That would make her a “Boxador.”
So I purchased on of those doggy DNA kits in order to find out what her make up is. I swabbed her mouth, packed up the materials in the designated envelope, took it to the post office, and handed it the postal worker behind the counter just after noon on the 16th.
According USPS tracking, six hours later the package left my local post office and arrived at the Regional Distribution Center at 11:30 that night. The last tracking notation from the USPS, dated March 19, said, “Your package will arrive later than expected, but is still on its way. It is currently in transit to the next facility.”
That was nine days ago! Where is it now? What happened to it?
This morning I called the USPS to try to determine the status of the delivery. I was advised to fill out an online tracking service request, which I did. The response I got said, “Your inquiry has been forwarded to the appropriate management team for research and response. You can expect initial contact within one-business day.”
I’m not holding my breath.