Have you seen these things? The Post Office Kiosk, where you can buy postage for your mailings? It’s got a scale, looks like an ATM and is supposed to help you speed up your visit to the god-awful slow Post Office? They call it the Automated Postal Center and it sucks balls.
Yesterday, I had three small envelopes to send out, they weighed in around 6 ounces or so, and I used the kiosk because the clerks at my Post Office have two speeds: Slow and Infuriatingly Slow. And because I’m technologically savvy, I thought I’d save me some time and use the kiosk to get the postage I needed.
Well, that was yesterday. Today, all three packages were in my mailbox, marked “Insufficient Postage”. By 59 cents. How the f*ck could that happen? I followed the prompts, I weighed each one individually and I clicked on the buttons they had for me to click on. And yet, here we are, my packages are back in my possession. Jeeeeeeeeeeeezus.
If the machine tells me to pay $1.70 to ship it, that’s what I’m going to pay. If it would have said $2.29, I would have gladly paid that. It’s not like I’m trying to pull one over on the Postmaster General or anything here. But no, their machine is either retarded, or they’re really hurting for $1.77 more to deliver these envelopes. I can’t imagine that $1.77 is going to kill them, but rules is rules and the South Carolina branch of the post office is nothing if not inefficient.
I’m pretty sure that kiosk works great anywhere else, but the stupid from this branch must have rubbed off on the machine somehow. Go figure.