"Lady Dragoness" offer the following:
The United States Post Office seems to hire only those who disregard the need to deliver mail undamaged. Today is not the first time that I received a piece of mail which has been damaged beyond usability; nor,unfortunately do I expect it be the last. Fortunately, I didn't pay anything for this piece or I'd really be screaming my head off, but what could have been a useful gift from one of the companies I do surveys for has been turned into so much garbage by the United States Postal Service - or probably more likely, the carrier who delivers my mail.
Mail carriers, use your brain! When a piece of mail is obviously too large for the box to which it is supposed to be delivered, leave a note! Do not fold, spindle and mutilate the piece until it fits in the box.This piece was packaged in a padded envelope - which is not stiff enough to provide the needed protection for the sort of item the package contained - but at least a thoughtful person would have recognized that the padded envelope meant the item warranted better handling than so much garbage.
At apartment complexes such as the one where I live, mail carriers seem to have no problem leaving other mail (sometimes valuable packages) at my manager's office, where I might not be able to take possession of my items for a couple of days or longer when this happens on Friday or Saturday.
I would prefer such pieces were brought to my door, which happens only rarely, yet I am almost always home when the mail is delivered. Either option could have kept this piece of mail from being irreparably damaged... but no, damaging potentially useful items seems to be the postal carrier's way these days. I find it pitifully sad that so many postal carriers have no pride in doing a job well... and they don't do so well in delivering my mail either. Aside from magazines, catalogs and other mail being damaged in transit or delivery, I often find mail in my box that has no business being there at all... mail belonging to other tenants in this apartment complex. Each time I see something in my box that doesn't belong, I wonder how much of my mail has been delivered to someone else!
The "Lady" makes a valid point about the general lack of pride many civil servants demonstrate in the performance of their jobs. Time was that you knew your mail carrier by name and actually developed a relationship with him or her. Now, it pays to "know thy neighbors" because chances are, you will get at least one piece of their mail each week.
In my case, I generally get all of my neighbor's mail in one delivery... which means that I have to figure out which of my neighbors received mine. I hope that they are as diligent regarding this post-delivery sorting. Sometimes I get mail with the correct street number, but the wrong street name and God forbid that you live on a street that has both a "North" and "South" street address.
Recently, I stayed home from work waiting for a repairman. Since the weather was nice, I sat on my front porch. I saw the mail truck approach from down the street. As I watched the young man walk from house to house, I noted that he seemed to be talking to himself and at times even laughing. When he finally approached my porch, the mystery was solved.... Blue-Tooth!
As he arrived on my porch and handed me my mail, I rhetorically asked, "how are you?", to which he nodded and never missed a beat of his phone conversation. I sorted through the mail, saving mine and making another stack for "re-delivery". Question... is he illiterate, ignorant or just doesn't care? My bet is on the latter.
Cell phones are a pet peeve of mine and I am confident that they shall play a major role in the downfall of modern civilization as we know it. Endless "yammering" about absolutely nothing for the sake of "companionship"... Oh, don't get me started!
The lack of pride in one's job is directly related to one's "expendability"... meaning, how likely one is to be fired if they don't produce quality work. Here's where the civil servant jobs fail the public. Unless you are convicted of a major felony, a civil servant job is yours for life.... quality be damned!
Unfortunately, this same philosophy has spread to our health care and educational systems. If anyone is "qualified" for the job, give it to them... and let the attorneys and forensic pathologists sort out the rest.