The recent oil boom took a toll on our regional mail service. The Postal Service lost workers to the oil field and had trouble finding replacements. Mail in the rural areas often wasn’t even delivered on a regular basis. I remember having mail delivered on Sunday, or late at night. Our mail carrier wore a head mounted flashlight like spelunkers wear so he could see.
Things are still a little shaky at the Post Office even with the oil field bust and more people applying for postal jobs. A friend of mine recently overheard a veteran postal worker railing about the incompetence and poor work ethic of the newer postal service workers. We have had our mail delivered to the wrong address or had the wrong mail delivered to our address. It used to be that if our mail was addressed slightly inaccurately, say 10th Ave NW instead of 10th Ave W, they used to deliver it to us anyway. Now it gets sent back to Fargo where it languishes for a couple of weeks until it is returned to sender.
I can only hope things will improve. Until then we and our neighbors will continue to bring wrongly delivered mail to the correct addresses and assume the mail will just take longer to get to its destinations.
How is your mail service? Got any good Postal Service stories?