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OK - Lost, late mail getting costly
To the editor,
I appreciate your apology and consumer-oriented mindset. I am a firm believer that civil servants should
treat the taxpaying citizens (who pay civil servants their salaries) with respect.
However, I have to ask: Do you get complaints about lost or late mail? It seems that everywhere I turn, I
encounter someone who complains about lost mail. A few months ago we, too, lost some mail. We lost
about $250 in payments we mailed well in advance of the due date. We ended up paying $104 in stop
payment fees and late charges! And it seems that every other month we notice late payment fees added
to our statements even though we mail our payments 7-10 days in advance.
This is beginning to add up. Now, we pay by check over the telephone, paying anywhere from zero to
$4.95 in charges for phone payments.
Apply your consumer mindset to this riddle: If everyone in Shawnee who has lost mail started paying
their bills online or by phone, then how much of a postage increase would it take to keep the Post Office
in business? You might want to survey your patrons and find out just how bad a problem lost mail is in
B. Putman, Shawnee
-- Doris (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 13, 2001
How about a dollar a stamp? That sounds outrageously sufficient for a bumbling, inefficient Post Office?
-- QMan (email@example.com), June 14, 2001.
GEE & I THOUGHT I WAS THE only 1 WHO HAD LATE & MISSING MAIL. I'm constantly complaining about getting others mail & mail that Ebayers SWEAR that they mailed & I NEVER receive EVER! Just more Critical Infrastructure falling apart around us.. Geno-ca
-- Geno-Ca (firstname.lastname@example.org), June 14, 2001.
I mailed my Visa payment (due on the 1st),on May 22nd. and they still don't have it! Now, I am getting a late fee plus a mark on my credit record because of an inefficient post office! I have had a couple of bad experiences with automatic withdrawels for payments. hmmmmm I live in Ohio and most of our payments are sent out of state. Blessings Judy
-- Judy/W (email@example.com), June 14, 2001.