Tuesday, May 26, 2020

When the Post Office is out to lunch



There was a lunchtime line today at the Peter Stuyvesant Retail Post Office on 14th Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue... turns out the branch was closed for lunch between noon and 1:30 p.m., something P.O. regulars here can't recall seeing before... the lobby doors were also locked, so patrons couldn't even drop off pre-paid mail or check their mailboxes...



Thanks to Sonya!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

In Soviet Union most businesses (all state owne of course) closed for 1 hr lunch daily. First hand knowledge😁

Anonymous said...

Oooh, BANKER'S HOURS come to the Post Office! Really, who doesn't need 90 minutes for lunch?

Does this in any way explain all the mis-delivered, undelivered, and missing mail my block has experienced recently?

Anonymous said...

never seen that in a U.S. location. have seen it in paris.

Sarah said...

It's not great (read: super annoying), but why the puzzlement? They are almost certainly operating with limited staff. If there's no one else working, they have to close up for lunch.

Anonymous said...

Just typical disrespect from The USPS and their employees.

XTC said...

@6:53- Yes, but in Paris I would often have my mail delivered twice a day. After a long lunch and being fortified with cigarettes, vin rouge, and the plat du jour the local postman would happily deliver a second letter or parcel from abroad.

Anonymous said...

They should stagger the lunch to help the community.When you get inside, there is no social distancing. Many people are not wearing masks. They sometimes open late and sometimes they close early, without warning.I see the same amount of people there now, as I did before. They're just making ip their own rules, thats what it really is.

Anonymous said...

Who gets a 90 minute lunch break?

Anonymous said...

Anon 6:49,

No it doesn't...also someone from that post office opened my package broke some stuff stole some stuff and taped it back up and still managed to deliver it on the clock! When I complained I never heard back from them and they never gave me my money for a refund or an apology. They ghosted me. So maybe they need to retire and hire new people over there. And no they should not be closed for lunch, just no.

Anonymous said...

This is not a good sign.

Anonymous said...

In England I used to get the second daily delivery at 4. Here you get your only round at 6...

Anonymous said...

An hour and a half for a lunch break on an eight hour shift? You wonder why the USPS is in trouble. Crunch the numbers for down time and you will be surprised. This is not justice this location. It is the entire post office system.

Anonymous said...

Was this a one time thing or is it now daily? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

From a Website called "Federalsoup.com,"
"Are they allowed to take a break while dilvering mail and stop somewhere for food or do they have lunch before they leave the office in the morning? authorized stops. Most carriers will have at least one break in the office. an addendum: lunch is 30 minutes, breaks are 10 minutes."

Time to complain to elected officials, folks:

Carlina Rivera
District2@council.nyc.gov

Anonymous said...

Now you know the hours, so plan accordingly. If it scares you, you should be fine wearing your own mask. You don't need to wear someone's elses mask for them.

Anonymous said...

The USPS isn't in trouble because of long breaks. Get real. I agree that they could work in shifts to avoid closing for so long. Same thing happening at the Cooper Square branch, by the way.

Watch the John Oliver clip on why the post office is in debt here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoL8g0W9gAQ

Or the Samantha Bee clip here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbsfYPJwV1I

Anonymous said...

There is another post office not too far away if you are that desperate to mail something. If its better service and quality you want you can pay for it by going tp Fed Ex or UPS.

sophocles said...

55 cents to mail a letter anywhere in the country is still one of the great deals. I have no complaints.

Anonymous said...

Re 1:02pm - Post Office lost 8.81 billion in 2019 so that 55 cents doesn't actually cover the cost to mail a letter.