Have any of my readers ever been employed by the US Postal Service?
I was just wondering if being a complete ass is a condition of employment or if that’s just something they acquire during the course of their career with the organization.
I’m not talking about the mail carriers necessarily. Every one of them I’ve ever had occasion to meet has seemed like a nice enough person. It’s the ones who work at the Post Offices themselves that I’m curious about.
Is there some sort of Minimum Ass Quotient score that they have to be awarded during the interview process in order to be granted a job working directly with the victims customers of the USPS?
It’s like every person who works in the Post Office has a serious inferiority complex that they must assuage by treating everyone who enters their domain as if they’re some sort of inferior being or something.
What’s funny is that even the ones who obviously think they’re being helpful do so in the most abrasive, self-righteous way imaginable.
I was at the Merrifield Post Office after work today submitting my Passport application.
I had everything they needed…completed application form, properly formatted passport photos (2 each), Certified Birth Certificate, Photo ID and photocopy of front and back of photo ID, Two separate checks…one to the State Department for the actual passport and the other to the USPS for the privilege of being hassled by them in processing my request…all my ducks were in one sock.
The gentleman reviewed my application for about a second whereupon he immediately, and in the most disdainful voice he could muster, demanded “Have you EVER been widowed or divorced?”.
I guess I have the look about me. What that look is I couldn’t tell you, but I guess I have it. Too happy maybe? Anyway…
“Yes, I’ve been divorced, but I’m currently married” I replied.
“Well,” He declared imperiously, “If you’ve EVER been divorced, then you need to mark the block under question 20 and enter the date you were divorced.
Please, dear reader, find below an image of question 20 from the form:
Now, reading that question, would the typical person assume that the part about being widowed or divorced encompasses the entirety of one’s life? Or is related specifically to the marriage information immediately preceding it?
I read that question to be asking if I am divorced from the person listed to the immediate left, not as “have you EVER been divorced, from ANYONE…even if their name is listed nowhere on this form?”.
Am I wrong?
And was it entirely necessary for the admittedly overworked (but very probably NOT underpaid) low-level government functionary to treat me as if I’m a blithering idiot because I was not capable of divining the INTENT of the aforementioned question, rather than the logically concluded literal interpretation?
I think not.
But…that’s the beauty of having a government enforced monopoly: You can treat your “customers” as badly as you want…what are they going to do? Go to the ACME Post Office down the street?