A Nextdoor user recently logged onto the neighborhood platform to vent about the not-too-sunny dispositions of some of the people who work at the post office on 68th and Columbus.
On one occasion, she “was trying to get a new passport, and brought in all of the correct documents. The post office worker insisted I needed more papers, and was very insulting about it (even insulting me to other postal workers while I was standing there). I insisted they send in my paperwork anyway. The worker’s response was ‘fine, you’re just wasting both our time though.'”
While she was eventually mailed her passport, it wasn’t until after the floodgates had opened.
“I’m from California, so maybe I need to toughen up against the rudeness of New Yorkers,” the user added at the end of her post, almost losing the sympathy she’d spent at least several minutes working towards.
But support was substantial. “It’s not just you,” replied a person who’s also not a fan of this post office. “There is one guy there that yells at me every time I’m there, even once when I wasn’t even at his counter and someone else was helping me. I told him to shut up and nobody was even talking to him. He just likes yelling at me lol.”
And it’s not just her who’s been reduced to a quivering wreck after a visit. “OMG!!! They made me cry there as well!!!!” said someone who cried there.
But there seems to be a consensus that they’re not all bad.
“About two months ago, I went to pick up a package at the same post office. The woman who helped me was really great and kind,” said the original poster.
Several commenters vouched for the characters of some of the 68th Street staffers, while others said the 83rd and 104th Street locations are far worse.
For those of you with postal panic, one helpful mailer offered up some useful tips:
“The post office has its nice and not so nice employees. I’ve noticed they frown on the following: 1- Untaped packages (bring your own tape). 2) Customers who get to the counter and have no idea what they want (while waiting on line decide what size box you may need or when you want your item to arrive at its destination). 3) Customers whose letter or package requires a slip/form and expect them to fill it out for you. (Complete your own forms). I’m certain there are much more. What I’m trying to say is try to be positive and prepared. Sorry you were treated so poorly. It’s true that one has to be tough to live in NYC but this city has many nice people and employees.”
Have you ever cried at the post office?
I am a 90 year old UWS resident who has lived in the same building for almost 66 years. On Tuesday, I went to the west 104th street post office to mail merchandise which I had not packaged. The clerk was extremely helpful by selling me the proper sized carton, properly sealing the package and getting it to its destination. I regret not getting her name so that I could properly commend her.