Remember when I told you about the post office inexplicably jamming a cardboard plug into my PO Box, and sending back all my mail for about three months? Do you recall that rant? My key still worked during that period, nobody said a word to me about it, yet they were returning to sender like a sumbitch. My fee was paid-up, and they couldn’t explain why it happened, once I brought it to their attention.
But I let it slide. I like most of the people who work there, and shit happens. I realize this better than most people (dammit!), and screaming and acting like a crazy person isn’t going to change that fact.
However… I went over there a few days ago, to pay the fee on the box. And they tried to charge me a fine, because I’d let it lapse for a few days. A fine — after they totally screwed me up for three months! The six month fee is $29, but they wanted $50 from me to bring it current.
Yeah, I flipped out. And when the smoke settled, they’d waived all the extra charges. So, we’re even. I cut them a break, they cut me one, and we’re starting with a clean slate.
A couple of things, though… The six-month PO Box fee has gone from $19 to $23 to $29, in about a year. What the hell, man?? Plus, it’s like 1949 in that place. Except for the computerized cash registers, I have a feeling things run EXACTLY the same way they did during the Truman administration. Is there another ongoing business concern that’s stuck in a bigger time warp than the post offices? I certainly can’t think of one. Sweet sainted mother of Grady the Cow!
The whole thing was quite unsatisfying, even though I “won” in the end. They know me there, but don’t give a shit. And I had to act like Sunshine to get a little justice. I don’t like being an asshole, even when I feel like I’ve earned the right. Plus, I kinda caused the problem. Right? If I’d just paid the bill when I received it, none of this would’ve happened.
Have you had any altercations with retail folk lately? Did you get any satisfaction? Or did you over-think it like I did? Please tell us about it in the comments. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be lately. Any stories along those lines will work, from any era.
And I know this one is abbreviated again, but it was almost nothing but crickets. So: better than nothing?
I’ll see you guys again tomorrow.
Have a great day!