Ok, so now lets talk packages. I like to call them parcels. Time at the post office window will go a lot faster for you and the other customers in line if your parcel is mailable and addressed correctly. So for those customers old and new here is a list of items to prepare your parcel for mailing:
Use a box will as little writing or pictures as possible, a plain box is the best
Address the parcel the same as a letter: return address in the upper left corner and write the recipients address in the center, write on one side only
Leave the upper right hand corner free of names, numbers, etc. so the clerk can put the postage and/or tracking number, or insurance label
Make sure to write as legible as possible
Addresses should have apartment, unit, space numbers, etc whenever necessary
Here is a sample address: Jane doe
123 Main St., Apt. 2
Anywhere, US 12345-6789
Make sure the parcel is taped properly, most post offices do not tape your parcel or have tape for you to use, there is tape at the post office to purchase
If all preparations are followed as listed above, your experience mailing the parcel will be fast, efficient and your parcel will get to it’s destination in a timely manner without any problems. Happy parcel mailing.
When you go to the post office and see other customers in line please be patient. The clerk is usually working as fast and as efficient as possible. Yes, the hazmat question has to be asked/read and answered when mailing a package. This is for the safety of all persons who handle the mail for the post office as well as your safety. A transaction doesn’t take as long as you think most of the time. What takes longer is the customer’s decision on how to send a letter or package.
A list of things not to do while waiting in line or when its your turn:
Don’t talk and laugh too loud to others
Don’t talk too loud on the cell phone
Don’t butt in front of others, even if asking a question or handing over a letter, etc.
Don’t talk on the cell phone or talk to others when its your turn, give the clerk your full attention, its speeds up the wait in line
Don’t be rude and interrupt, tell the clerk what you want and then listen to the suggestions of the clerk
Don’t ask for your mail from the mailbox, bring your key
Don’t ignore your children and let them get into items in the lobby
Don’t ignore your pets, others do not appreciate the barking, sniffing, etc.
There are other don’ts but I can’t think of them right now. I will write more, there are so many things I want to say about things at the post office. Thanks for listening.