Does Anyone Know Why Lawton’s Downtown Post Office Drop Box is Closed?
Is this a sign of things to come for the US Postal Service? I know that things are tight, and there are going to be some changes to service times, and costs, but, this one makes absolutely no sense at all.
Sometimes, when I leave work in the afternoon, if there is mail to go out, I will volunteer to drop it off at the Post Office around the corner from our office. I figure if it can go out on the same day that's a bonus. Super efficient. So I scooped about 5 piles of mail, (it was billing day) and trotted out to my car to drop it off. This is what I saw.
I went around the corner, carrying arms full of mail, and dropped off at the self-service drop inside the Post Office. I did just have to check to see if there was a note on the actual blue mailbox, and what I saw was even more shocking!
I guess the Postal Service can't even afford a good sign to let citizens know that they have been screwed! Let's write on a cardboard box and leave it out in the weather.
I had heard that drop boxes might be going away as a cost-cutting measure, but when I drove by the drop boxes in Cache Road Square, they are all still there and still open. My question at this point has to be, 'If you are saving money by closing mailboxes, wouldn't it cost more to drive to Cache Road Square to pick up mail and process, it than it does to say, walk right outside and bring it in?' As someone who works downtown, I have used that drop-off lane for YEARS. This is not right!
The Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has been quoted as saying that costs for postage will be rising 'uncomfortably', and I totally get that, as costs for gas and transportation continue to rise. But to close this easy access drop-off box seems like it wouldn't save any money at all, but will make it more difficult for businesses in downtown Lawton!
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