a brief but pointless rant against the system

Just returned from this week's traumatic trip to the Post Office.

There seems to always be a tussle between me and some of the staff about stamps and such. As soon as the cost of postage reaches a certain level, they use a label instead of stamps. Even though the Royal Mail churns out dozens of expensive new stamps, month after month, the post offices never use them, so I have to watch as my poor attempts at a decorative envelope is thoroughly disfigured.

Some do try their best to fit the labels in whilst others don't bother, and I am a great believer in the idea that the randomness of the postal system is part of the creative process, but, even so, it is hard to watch.  I can only apologise in advance to the unsuspecting people who will, in a few days time, receive less than perfect envelopes.

Come the revolution, and I am put in charge of the system, things will be very different I can tell you . . .

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Comment by William M on August 29, 2019 at 5:07pm

can you tell them in advance that you want postage stamps? not sure that would help. but that's what i do here and it seems to have worked. though now most of my lighter mail i just weigh at home and attach the stamps myself to be dropped in a public mail box somewhere.

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