My visit to the post office

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    Dec 01, 2010 12:10 AM GMT
    If you move to this country, at least know or learn enough English to not stall the 30 people behind you in line at the post office for 15 minutes while you're trying to mail ONE package, and don't make the poor employee have to suffer through answering your questions four times each! It's called courtesy. Maybe it doesn't exist in your home country, but we have it here, so get used to it.

    Also note that courtesy and political correctness are two different things, since political correctness involves discourtesy toward those groups not favored by the left and those who wish to use language deemed "insensitive." Usually this discourtesy is manifest either as ad hominem mockery, as is seen on RJ thanks to its fringe left, or legal fees, as seen in the great kingdom under CCTV and PC, aka the UK.
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    Dec 01, 2010 12:19 AM GMT
    Or use FedEx?
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    Dec 01, 2010 12:27 AM GMT
    but if the shoe is on the other foot and one decides to travel to say mexico, we demand they speak english there too........sometimes us folks are just assholes,,,,,,right?...................Keithicon_cool.gif
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    Dec 01, 2010 12:48 AM GMT
    vetteset saidbut if the shoe is on the other foot and one decides to travel to say mexico, we demand they speak english there too........sometimes us folks are just assholes,,,,,,right?...................Keithicon_cool.gif


    I think it's unreasonable to expect all citizens of other countries to speak our language. When you go to a country, you should at least learn enough of the language to know how to communicate, seems reasonable, right?
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    Dec 01, 2010 1:02 AM GMT
    FearTheFall saidIf you move to this country, at least know or learn enough English to not stall the 30 people behind you in line at the post office for 15 minutes while you're trying to mail ONE package, and don't make the poor employee have to suffer through answering your questions four times each! It's called courtesy. Maybe it doesn't exist in your home country, but we have it here, so get used to it.

    Also note that courtesy and political correctness are two different things, since political correctness involves discourtesy toward those groups not favored by the left and those who wish to use language deemed "insensitive." Usually this discourtesy is manifest either as ad hominem mockery, as is seen on RJ thanks to its fringe left, or legal fees, as seen in the great kingdom under CCTV and PC, aka the UK.

    How did your hysterical diatribe against people using the USPS turn into a rant against Liberals? Wait, let me guess... you also think Obama causes all our problems, correct? icon_razz.gif
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    Dec 01, 2010 1:16 AM GMT
    that would depend on how long you were there and how long you planned to stay....I think here, the keyword is tolerance and walking in another's shoes.......but that's just mho.........kicon_cool.gif
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    Dec 01, 2010 1:28 AM GMT
    when I've traveled abroad to several countries where French, Dutch, German, Swiss, and Italian were spoken, I made it a point to have my seatmate or someone else near me teach me some of their language because there were always kind people interested in talking and helping if I opened up to them. Then by the time I was in a place where I needed help to understand someone at say a ticket booth, I had someone there to help me and I didn't hold up anyone. I will say though that while in London I had the worst experience trying to get help understanding directions from them. LOL !!! My best experience was with a muslim young man in the south of France, who stayed with me translating through Planning quite a complicated train travel Itenerary, he was a jewel. Perhaps you should have tried to help that lady at the post office !!!!
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    Dec 01, 2010 1:31 AM GMT
    I disagree. The opposite should be mandatory. It is the various offices and stores that should require their workers to function fluently (speaking, listening and understanding, and reading) in English. While whether clients are able to function in English is imperative, they should be able to receive civilized service in any case. Now THAT is courtesy and decency.

    If anything, the post office (for example) should have more tellers available to deal with everyone within reasonable time. Until the economy improves greatly, it doesn't look like this will happen anytime soon.
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    Dec 01, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    Down here, it's usually the postal employees who have trouble speaking English. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 01, 2010 4:28 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidDown here, it's usually the postal employees who have trouble speaking English. icon_lol.gif


    and in Canada it's Airport Security people.....roflicon_lol.gif
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    Dec 01, 2010 4:31 AM GMT
    You know...I'll probably get flamed for asking this, but why is it that every time I go to the post office EVERYONE who works there is Black? I mean, it's not bad...at least they speak English.
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    Dec 01, 2010 4:32 AM GMT
    FearTheFall saidIf you move to this country, at least know or learn enough English to not stall the 30 people behind you in line at the post office for 15 minutes while you're trying to mail ONE package, and don't make the poor employee have to suffer through answering your questions four times each! It's called courtesy. Maybe it doesn't exist in your home country, but we have it here, so get used to it.


    Take me with you. I'm very insensitive to people who hold up lines for long times and for bad reasons. I'm always the first to yell something. Same thing with people on their cell phones at the gym. I'm always the one to stand up. icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 01, 2010 4:42 AM GMT
    JAKE,
    Perhaps because they feel hard work, though with the sufferance of low pay, is a step towards more (job experience on that resume), and better than social services. Black people have it harder I think, whether anyone admits it or not. Perhaps this is part of American black culture (though not just them); to work their way up, and you gotta start somewhere. I did; cashier in a corner store, at bottom wage. (jk)

    Their parents likely had to deal with hard circumstance, and that rubs off a little. Lessons taken forward.

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    Dec 01, 2010 4:50 AM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidYou know...I'll probably get flamed for asking this, but why is it that every time I go to the post office EVERYONE who works there is Black? I mean, it's not bad...at least they speak English.


    Self-aware racist jew hahaha.
    To answer the question, i dont know, african-americans tend to be good at delivering packages from their experience when they are younger delivering weeds, coke and other drugs, i dont know, stupid questions deserves stupid answers.
    Thats all, and i'm no racist. Peace.
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    Dec 01, 2010 4:54 AM GMT
    cromi said
    JAKEBENSON saidYou know...I'll probably get flamed for asking this, but why is it that every time I go to the post office EVERYONE who works there is Black? I mean, it's not bad...at least they speak English.


    Self-aware racist jew hahaha.
    To answer the question, i dont know, african-americans tend to be good at delivering packages from their experience when they are younger delivering weeds, coke and other drugs, i dont know, stupid questions deserves stupid answers.
    Thats all, and i'm no racist. Peace.


    Oh come on, coke is such a white people drug.

    *I don't endorse or partake in drug use.
  • cromi

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    Dec 01, 2010 5:09 AM GMT
    DoomsDayAlpaca said
    cromi said
    JAKEBENSON saidYou know...I'll probably get flamed for asking this, but why is it that every time I go to the post office EVERYONE who works there is Black? I mean, it's not bad...at least they speak English.


    Self-aware racist jew hahaha.
    To answer the question, i dont know, african-americans tend to be good at delivering packages from their experience when they are younger delivering weeds, coke and other drugs, i dont know, stupid questions deserves stupid answers.
    Thats all, and i'm no racist. Peace.


    Oh come on, coke is such a white people drug.

    *I don't endorse or partake in drug use.


    lol for the record i was not aware that different race prefer different drugs lol
  • Webster666

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    Dec 01, 2010 5:55 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    FearTheFall saidIf you move to this country, at least know or learn enough English to not stall the 30 people behind you in line at the post office for 15 minutes while you're trying to mail ONE package, and don't make the poor employee have to suffer through answering your questions four times each! It's called courtesy. Maybe it doesn't exist in your home country, but we have it here, so get used to it.

    Also note that courtesy and political correctness are two different things, since political correctness involves discourtesy toward those groups not favored by the left and those who wish to use language deemed "insensitive." Usually this discourtesy is manifest either as ad hominem mockery, as is seen on RJ thanks to its fringe left, or legal fees, as seen in the great kingdom under CCTV and PC, aka the UK.


    How did your hysterical diatribe against people using the USPS turn into a rant against Liberals? Wait, let me guess... you also think Obama causes all our problems, correct? icon_razz.gif





    LOL.
    Good response.
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    Dec 01, 2010 6:05 AM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidYou know...I'll probably get flamed for asking this, but why is it that every time I go to the post office EVERYONE who works there is Black? I mean, it's not bad...at least they speak English.





    I worked for the USPS for a long time (as a letter carrier).
    The USPS has one foot in the private sector, but the other foot is still in the Federal government, so they are subject to minority hiring quotas. Incidentally, in all the years I worked there, I saw very few black people (comparatively) in any of the jobs.
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    Dec 01, 2010 8:16 AM GMT
    JAKEBENSON saidYou know...I'll probably get flamed for asking this, but why is it that every time I go to the post office EVERYONE who works there is Black? I mean, it's not bad...at least they speak English.


    Black????...Here they are Asian icon_wink.gif
  • jgymnast733

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    Dec 01, 2010 8:39 AM GMT
    I always learn some of the language of where i'm traveling....
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    Dec 01, 2010 8:58 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    How did your hysterical diatribe against people using the USPS turn into a rant against Liberals? Wait, let me guess... you also think Obama causes all our problems, correct? icon_razz.gif


    I think he did it because he was expecting a liberal to respond negatively. Which, ironically enough, did happen
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    Dec 01, 2010 2:39 PM GMT
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    Art_Deco said
    How did your hysterical diatribe against people using the USPS turn into a rant against Liberals? Wait, let me guess... you also think Obama causes all our problems, correct? icon_razz.gif


    I think he did it because he was expecting a liberal to respond negatively. Which, ironically enough, did happen



    rofl, which wouldn't have happened had fearthefall not stapled politics onto his post.

    Dangle bait with your fingers and something's going to bite one off..

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    Dec 06, 2010 1:50 PM GMT
    If you could get your 15 minutes back. What would you do with them?
    Just a thought.

  • HndsmKansan

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    Dec 06, 2010 1:53 PM GMT
    I head to the Wichita State post office instead of the regular one at this time of year. Hardly any wait and the people know me. I'd suggest you go at different times or explore different ways or venues to get your packages mailed.
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    Dec 06, 2010 3:36 PM GMT
    I'm offended that you even added that little dig about might not having courtesy in 'their' country like someones country is less respectable than your own.

    I agree with BuddyinNYC's response. The employee is the one that should have the communication skills to handle customers from a wide range of backgrounds and education and from what's written he did his job well. Tourists also use the post office, it's not unreasonable that they don't know how to send their mail and need assistance.