Most everyone has heard, at one time or another, the old slogan attributed to the United States Postal Service: “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
These days, it seems, those appointed rounds are anything but swift, taking some carriers late into the gloom of night. And for an agency beset with financial woes and staffing shortages, the problems may not end there — in the Bay Area, evidence has grown in recent years of chronic problems with deliveries delayed not by hours but days, and mail dropped off at the wrong addresses by harried carriers rushing to complete marathon routes.
One thing that is clear, however, is late-night mail deliveries have become commonplace in many areas. Susan Wengraf, a member of the Berkeley City Council, said that about a month ago she started seeing her mail delivered around 10 p.m. or later.
“It seemed unusual, but at least I was getting mail,” Wengraf said. Read more
- December 22, 2016
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