USPS should not have to pay for packaging

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: January 21 2014 | 3:00 pm - Updated: 29 March 2014 | 2:27 am in

Recently, I went to the Marion Post Office to purchase stamps. The line was long and I was number 8 in line. Ahead of me were two women waiting to mail a shoe box. Upon reaching the counter, they told the clerk what they were mailing and she opened the box to confirm the contents. They asked if she had tape. The clerk politely taped the box and then they asked her to address it for mailing. The women didn’t offer to wrap or pay for the materials needed and it was taking time from the clerk’s attention to those in the long waiting line.

It should be required that packages be prepared for posting before entering the postal facility. The USPS budget could be cut if the postal service only acted as a postal service. It shouldn’t be in the business of selling supplies and/or servicing those who come unprepared. There are many stores that sell those products. Let the stores have the business and people take the responsibility of paying for the mailing supplies rather than expecting the USPS to foot the bill.

Linda Andersen

Cedar Rapids


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