I had an infuriating run-in with the Post Office Wednesday.
If I’m paying any bills by mail, that’s going to change. Their lack of customer service makes me want to stop sending Christmas cards.
I had to go by to submit my passport paperwork. I went to the one on Clemson Road, past the mall at Sandhills .
I get there at 12:15. I wait in line to get to the main desk. It’s 12:25 when I’m told, “oh, you need to wait here at this desk – he’ll be back soon from break. Since no one’s there you’ll be first.” There was no sign on the desk when he’d be back. Since I was told he’d be back soon, I thought, soon.
I waited (with a growing line behind me) until 1 p.m.
Then the clerk comes in, sits on his stool, stares at my specially done photos from Sears, and tells me oh, they won’t work. I get just a tad upset. He says – what’s wrong, you seem to have an attitude.
His exact words.
I let him know I’d been waiting for 40 minutes – there was no sign, no indication when he was coming back. The jerk tells me there was a sign. I said there’s no sign here! He told me he’d told everyone in line THEN. I was practically speechless. I wasn’t in line then. I calmed down enough to get the process done (all the while mentally composing letters to his boss).
I’m still stewing. I swear, if Strom Thurmond were alive I would storm his legendary constituent service office and beg them to find a way to get this guy fired.
But you know what just slays me about the whole experience? That I actually thought: “hey, there’s a passport facility near my office: I won’t have to go downtown!”
I thought it was a good thing. I was happy about the possibility of getting it all done during a long lunch break.
Ha. Ah, the irony. Me thinking a local post office branch, conveniently located to my work, would be convenient.
In one or two hours I’ll have the new curio cabinet. Can’t wait to finally put all the dust-catchers in one place and shut the glass door on them.
Today I spent a lot of money at Chapin Furniture, “in the heart of downtown Chapin, SC.” On Monday I’ll have a new curio cabinet to hold all the items catching dust around my patio home. I’m also getting a new dining room table and six matching chairs. Those won’t come for about four to six weeks – they’re still on a container ship making their way to Chapin. Here’s a picture of the curio (but mine’s in black).
Update: I located a picture of the table and chairs. I am so pleased – I got a great deal! I didn’t pay anywhere close to the price on this site. When I first saw this Web site, I groaned thinking the price listed in red was the price for the table and six chairs. Then I realized, no, that was the site’s price for just the table. I remember the sales lady telling me this is a great price, and I was thinking, yeah, yeah. But she was not telling me a story. I got a great deal. Dad would be proud.