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Lesson in globalization of the day: [Jun. 29th, 2004|05:45 pm]
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Women in front of me at the Post Office at 4:45 pm was shocked to discoved that USPS did not provide overnight service to Canada. The postal clerk patiently explained that Canada is in fact a foreign country and that the United States Postal Service only serves the United States and didn't have any jurisdiction in Canada. They could maybe get it TO Canada in a day, but then it was up to the Canadians to deliver her letter WITHIN Canada, and that would take an extra 2-3 days.

She then began complaining to the clerk that she wouldn't have time to get to (the ironically named, under the circumstances) Federal Express office in time to overnight the package that way, as if her lack of foresight was his fault and not hers. I myself blame the Canadians for having the audacity to speak our language and live only 3 hours away from this lady and yet not be part of the US! Those darned Canadians!

I wouldn't be suprised if her important letter asks its Canadian receipient how he's celebrating the 4th of July.
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From: scax_e_one
2004-06-29 02:45 pm (UTC)
What? You mean Canada isn't the fifty-first state?

M_P
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[User Picture]From: plymouth
2004-06-29 04:00 pm (UTC)
haha. reminds me of an (american) friend who is currently studying abroad in the UK pondering earlier today what Rush Limbaugh would think of the fact that's she spending this weekend in France...
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[User Picture]From: tyrven
2004-06-30 06:54 am (UTC)
That's classic. Although, since the USPS was privatized I am surprised that they don't offer international service (like FedEx) as a means of keeping competitive. I love the comment about the 4th... so true on so many levels :).
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[User Picture]From: tyrven
2004-08-02 10:45 pm (UTC)
(Just getting comments in email from LJ today, for some reason)

But yes, they were privatized back in 1970 as part of the Postal Reorganization Act; they began operating as United States Postal Service™ in 1971.
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