Private Sector vs. Public Sector

 

After 27 years in the same house, Mrs. O’Shea and I moved last week.  It is closer to our grandchildren in a new 55-and-over community.  We are the first residents in the neighborhood on a new street. By and large, not a problem.

Our moving company googled the address, found us, and showed up on time.

Home Depot was able to find our address, and deliver our washer and dryer on time.

Comcast found our address, and the internet is connected.

Our credit cards have been updated with our new address, as has State Farm and Geico.

UPS has delivered packages to us.

Three Day Blinds is coming out today, I assume they will look up our address and show up on time.

The only organization that can’t seem to find us is the US Postal Service. I have tried every day for two weeks to change our address, but “No Such Street Exists.”  For now, our mail is going to our daughter’s house (I hope). I will keep Ricochet posted on how long it takes for the public sector to catch up with the private sector.

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  1. Addiction Is A Choice Member
    Addiction Is A Choice
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    Only government could have a monopoly on something and still lose money!

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  2. Bunsen Coolidge
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    @Bunsen

    While we are piling on, for some strange reason USPS insists on creating a new truck out of whole cloth.  Non standard tires, etc.  Any sane organization would simply put the bid out to Jeep, Ford, etc – what will it cost to move the steering wheel on your Cherokee, Transit, etc to the right side, paint it in our colors and how fast can you produce 100,000 of them?  

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  3. Tex929rr Coolidge
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    @Tex929rr

    When we moved into our home in 1996 (also on a new street) I called the local post office and asked  what the zip code “plus 4” was and they told me that they had no idea.  I told them that UPS had added a plus four to a package delivery and they said “use that one”.

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  4. Chowderhead Coolidge
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    @Podunk

    It’s funny you wrote this now. I built my house 3 years ago on what was once my parents farm. It’s 1/4mi off the road. I got two Amazon deliveries yesterday. Both of them went to two different houses, neither one was mine. The number to speak to a human at Amazon is nearly impossible to find. 888-280-4331 (Nearly). I call every time it’s delivered wrong. Just give USPS a few decades, they’ll get it right.

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  5. Full Size Tabby Member
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    @FullSizeTabby

    When we moved onto a brand new street five years ago it took just as many months for the private sector and the USPS to find us.

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  6. Richard O'Shea Coolidge
    Richard O'Shea
    @RichardOShea

    Today’s update: 

    1.  The Three Day Blind lady found the house with no problem.  I found out shades are expensive, and Mrs. O’Shea really wants them.

    2.  Something we ordered on Amazon had to be delivered to my daughter’s house, because they couldn’t find the street.

    3.  Post Office still can’t find us.

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  7. Randy Weivoda Moderator
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    Bunsen (View Comment):

    While we are piling on, for some strange reason USPS insists on creating a new truck out of whole cloth. Non standard tires, etc. Any sane organization would simply put the bid out to Jeep, Ford, etc – what will it cost to move the steering wheel on your Cherokee, Transit, etc to the right side, paint it in our colors and how fast can you produce 100,000 of them?

    We happen to have someone in the business who might be able to answer some questions about this.  @ekentgolding?

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  8. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Bunsen (View Comment):

    While we are piling on, for some strange reason USPS insists on creating a new truck out of whole cloth. Non standard tires, etc. Any sane organization would simply put the bid out to Jeep, Ford, etc – what will it cost to move the steering wheel on your Cherokee, Transit, etc to the right side, paint it in our colors and how fast can you produce 100,000 of them?

    Not at all relevant, but funny (to me anyway). The USPS did buy a whole bunch of Mercedes Metris vans (I think about 100,000) specified with right hand drive (Mercedes already made a right hand drive version for the markets in which that is standard – the UK, Australia, New Zealand, etc. – so building them for the USPS wasn’t hard). What I found funny (based on the ones that were delivered to my town) is that the USPS had Mercedes substitute the USPS logo (eagle’s head) for the Mercedes 3 point star in the grill. I guess the USPS thought in much of the U.S. it would not look good for the USPS to be driving Mercedes, even though Mercedes does have a significant commercial truck business in addition to its luxury car business. 

    In specifying the next generation truck, the USPS 1) has unreasonable expectations and specifications for the longevity of their trucks (the current standard delivery truck has been on the road for over 30 years), and 2) can’t seem to figure out what it’s role in commerce is (systems, equipment, and space designed for mostly delivering #10 envelopes with a sheet of paper or two are inadequate for the current demands of delivering mostly packages. What are they supposed to specify a truck to do?

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  9. kedavis Coolidge
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):
    I guess the USPS thought in much of the U.S. it would not look good for the USPS to be driving Mercedes, even though Mercedes does have a significant commercial truck business in addition to its luxury car business. 

    I don’t see many Mercedes commercial trucks in the US, that’s probably also more common in those other places with right-hand-drive.

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  10. Full Size Tabby Member
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    Bunsen (View Comment):

    While we are piling on, for some strange reason USPS insists on creating a new truck out of whole cloth. Non standard tires, etc. Any sane organization would simply put the bid out to Jeep, Ford, etc – what will it cost to move the steering wheel on your Cherokee, Transit, etc to the right side, paint it in our colors and how fast can you produce 100,000 of them?

    By the way, this tends to be a common practice by government (and government adjacent) entities. For the oldsters, such creating entirely new things is why in the 1990s we had the umpteen-thousand-dollar toilet seats for military aircraft, ridiculously expensive hammers, and other examples of defense bloat. Every agency insisted on its unique requirements, rather than looking to see if a current commercial product could be used or adapted for use and still meet most or all of the requirements. 

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  11. Tex929rr Coolidge
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    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    When we moved onto a brand new street five years ago it took just as many months for the private sector and the USPS to find us.

    Our situation was particularly strange as the street was new but the house was 45 years old.  We live in the original ranch house and the ranch was subdivided and new streets put in.  The front of our house faces the back of the property.  It’s about a half mile off of the main road and then a couple of hundred yards off of the new street.

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  12. Richard O'Shea Coolidge
    Richard O'Shea
    @RichardOShea

    Today’s update:

    To our surprise, both the garbage truck and the recycling truck came down our street for a pick up.

    The post office still doesn’t know we exist.

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  13. Chowderhead Coolidge
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    Richard O'Shea (View Comment):

    Today’s update:

    To our surprise, both the garbage truck and the recycling truck came down our street for a pick up.

    The post office still doesn’t know we exist.

    So you know what that means. You can commit a federal crime and nobody would be able to find you.

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  14. kedavis Coolidge
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    Chowderhead (View Comment):

    Richard O’Shea (View Comment):

    Today’s update:

    To our surprise, both the garbage truck and the recycling truck came down our street for a pick up.

    The post office still doesn’t know we exist.

    So you know what that means. You can commit a federal crime and nobody would be able to find you.

    Naw, they’ll find him.  They just won’t put up his “Wanted” poster.

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  15. Richard O'Shea Coolidge
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    @RichardOShea

    Chowderhead (View Comment):

    Richard O’Shea (View Comment):

    Today’s update:

    To our surprise, both the garbage truck and the recycling truck came down our street for a pick up.

    The post office still doesn’t know we exist.

    So you know what that means. You can commit a federal crime and nobody would be able to find you.

    I will test your theory by ripping off my mattress tags tonight. 

     

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  16. kedavis Coolidge
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    Richard O'Shea (View Comment):

    Chowderhead (View Comment):

    Richard O’Shea (View Comment):

    Today’s update:

    To our surprise, both the garbage truck and the recycling truck came down our street for a pick up.

    The post office still doesn’t know we exist.

    So you know what that means. You can commit a federal crime and nobody would be able to find you.

    I will test your theory by ripping off my mattress tags tonight.

     

    But you’re the consumer, so that’s not illegal.

     

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  17. Richard O'Shea Coolidge
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    @RichardOShea

    Three week update:  everyone can find us except Kohls (weird) and the crack USPS.  My street still doesn’t exist……

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  18. Chowderhead Coolidge
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    @Podunk

    Richard O'Shea (View Comment):

    Three week update: everyone can find us except Kohls (weird) and the crack USPS. My street still doesn’t exist……

    Give it a few years they will find it. I changed amazon delivery instructions. I said if you’re putting it on the white porch its not my house. Instant thumbs down and I’m calling CS because you didn’t read this. Seems to work 

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  19. Chowderhead Coolidge
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    @Podunk

    Duplicate

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  20. Richard O'Shea Coolidge
    Richard O'Shea
    @RichardOShea

    Last night – success!  My new address was accepted on the USPS change of address page.

    This morning , though, I got this email:

    Our system could not properly validate your address due to improper format or inaccurate information.If this is a new construction, please visit your local Post Office  to have your delivery address added.

    Sigh.

    Mrs. O’Shea has been to the post office. The builder has been to the post office.

    Sigh.

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