I filled out my change of address form last week online at the United States Postal Service website. I set up the date to begin forwarding as Monday of this week. The problem with that is this — nowhere on the online form does it state that that is the day they start PROCESSING your change of address, which will take up to two weeks to get in place.
In other words, that’s not the day your mail starts getting delivered to your new house. That’s they date they start telling the mail carrier that you’re moving, and the day they order the yellow labels that will eventually go on your mail. It can take several days (or weeks) for those yellow labels to get printed and sent to your local post office so your mail carrier can start pasting them on your mail. So while that happens, the carrier continues to deliver mail to your old address, where it sits in your mail box unattended until the carrier picks it back up, takes it back to the post office, and pastes the labels on, then re-delivers it to your new address.
How fucked up is that?
The downtown post office got shitty with me when I called to complain, and said that there was no way for them to know that my address was changing. Despite the fact that they delivered to both my old address and my new address the “we’ve changed your address” piece of notification mail on Monday.
On top of that, I have a weekly magazine that is — to me — the most important piece of mail I get. It didn’t show up at either address this week.
I hate the fucking post office.