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Post Office Queues

December 8, 2009

Sorry Martin but the only thing Royal about the English Postal system is the royally large queues.

I had to pick up a parcel at a sorting office on the weekend it took me 20 minutes. That is considered to be quick.

What’s with newsagents having a little post office down the back? Once you make it to the front of the queue there is normally a very friendly person there to great you (and almost celebrate the fact that you made it). Even though you are clearly sending Christmas cards they will careful make sure each one fits through the ‘parcel thickness tester’. Should you have anything larger than a card then you will have to weigh it on scales that were made in 1923. You also end up paying an exorbitant sum to pay for stamps, having reluctantly been up-sold to ‘First Class’.

Postal workers go on strike often in England. They never receive too much public or media sympathy because, unfortunately, their service is pretty poor. The queue, high postage rates and dinky newsagent branches seem entrenched in good old English culture.

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. Petesmum permalink
    December 8, 2009 10:51 pm

    Your parcel is in the post

  2. December 11, 2009 12:48 am

    Hey Pete, hope that the parcel sent by your mum reach you with no big fuss. You never know with Royal Mail. Then again, that’s the whole excitement, isn’t it? You never know what (in this case when) you’re going to get..!

    So far, Royal Mail has been quite kind to me other than the time when they decided to strike and my Lovefilm dvd got lost in the post. If I have got something real important to deliver, I’ll go for private courier instead. Oh well.

    C K

  3. Paul permalink
    December 11, 2009 8:23 am

    So what, you’re telling me no one ever queues for anything in Oz? Give me a break.

  4. Paul permalink
    December 11, 2009 1:28 pm

    Realised that came across as more aggressive than intended, sorry. Not sure why I’m so patriotic about my country’s postal service.

  5. December 16, 2009 8:38 pm

    No problemlo. Australia has queues but rarely do they go outside the building. Other infamous line ups are at stadiums (for beer and pies) and Fish and Chip shops (although that is more of a take a number and mill around).

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