Saturday, March 10, 2007

So, (Almost) Everyone in Brooklyn Says Their Mail Sucks

Yesterday, we posted an item about the crappy nature of postal service in Boerum Hill--mass misdeliveries of mail, never being able to get a package delivered to your door, etc. The comments left by readers are as fascinating as the original emails, so here's a furhter sampling of Brooklyn Postal Horrors. We'll start with this:
Add to your list the Red Hook post office, serving 11231. Truly abysmal. In five years, they have never succeeded in delivering a package successfully to our door. They never ring the bell; I would know since I work at home. We never get a first notice, or second notice slip—only the FINAL notice. They ignore messages I leave for them on the door. ("Please ring! I am home!") And when you make the long trek to the post office, they are slothful and inattentive and always have trouble finding a package.
Then, we'll sample this:
as a resident of 11217, I can verify all of these complaints and more. I was just at the post office this morning at 8:50 AM to pick up a package that I received a slip for even though I was home. Of course the package pickup window wasn't open so I had to stand on the line, already 8 people deep with only two windows open. After their periodic disappearances and reappearances, all 8 customers were waited on and it was my turn.
We'll have a taste of this:
I want to second the complaint leveled against the post office in Red Hook. In addition to going days without mail (typically followed by one day of 15-20 letters), I have only had one package delivered successfully. I was home sick at the time and watched the mailman leave the missed package slip without ringing. After running downstairs and knocking on the window of his van, he begrudgingly handed me my mail and informed me that it was a good thing he decided to "chill" there for a few minutes or I would have missed him.
This tasty bit:
Add another disgruntled 11231 to the fray. I don’t actually mind that the mail person just leaves packages outside the door without ringing the doorbell because I’d rather risk someone stealing my boxes than having to deal with the Red Hook P.O. pickup in person. When I first moved into my building three years ago, most of the mail would just end up in a pile on the floor inside the non-locking front door.
Although, to end on a positive note, it seems the Dogshit Queen of Greenpoint has a good carrier:
My postman is AWESOME! Sometimes he'll even leave packages at my apartment door (on the 2nd floor) so I do not have to go to the P.O. and pick them up.
So, there you have it, you can get your mail in 11222.

Related Post:
Boerum Hill Thankful Pottery Barn Uses UPS


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Plenty of mail doesn't arrive (11238), but the worst thing so far was when I mailed my mortgage payment (to New Jersey, I think) and it was delivered to someone else in Brooklyn. Fortunately, she called me and put it in another envelope and re-mailed it. It arrived late, but it could have been worse!

7:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live in 11215. The USPS service is terrible there too. Many times our mail has been wadded up into a ball and shoved down into our mailbox magazines, letters, etc. At other times, the mail person just throws the buildings mail on the floor of the vestibule and we have to sort through it our selves

1:45 PM  
Blogger angvou said...

"At other times, the mail person just throws the buildings mail on the floor of the vestibule and we have to sort through it our selves"

oh my god-- I dont even consider that on my list of problems! What about having letters accurately addressed to me returned to sender undeliverable! I've been at this address 12 years! Forget it-- I consider getting NYer on Wednesday a TREAT. And don't EVEN get me started on the Park Slope PO.

Its actually comforting to hear others' stories. Support group anyone?

5:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I used to live in LIC (11101) for 12 years and now I am in Williamsburg (11211) the past two. It seems to be typical procedure for the postal employee to leave the slip and not ring the bell. I don't even think they carry the packages with them. Unless you live in a doorman building or work in an office in this city, you are screwed. BTW, I LOVE UPS and Fedex, and I wish more private vendors used them.

I am wondering if there is any way to file a class action lawsuit?

11:17 AM  

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