Ciao Post Office Box

By Mike Maddaloni on Sunday, December 02, 2007 at 04:10 AM with 1 comments

The UPS Store windowIt is with great joy that I announce I have closed the post office mailbox I have had since I started by business. After years of mail being jammed into the box – especially items marked “Do Not Bend” – and slips for packages that could not be located, I have stopped the insanity.

If you are a regular reader of The Hot Iron you know I have my business mailing address at The UPS Store in Chicago’s Loop, which just so happens to be right across the street from the Loop post office where my box was. One day last year after getting frustrated from more damaged mail, I literally saw the light – the illuminated sign of The UPS Store, and I promptly moved my address there. After I submitted several change of address notices – apparently it takes several attempts for a postal employee to process them – all my mail is coming to its new home, as well as UPS, FedEx and all other packages, which are not accepted by the post office.

Recently it was announced Chicago has the worst mail deliver service now 2 years in a row. Around that same time an article in the Chicago Tribune said service has improved, according to an “independent survey” whose source was not cited. Where this is good to hear, in the meantime life and business must go on. I could not bear the loss or damage of any more mail.

Where it appears the common citizen can do little against the behemoth post office, I did what I could do – vote with my wallet.

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