USPS Mistakes Itself for Casino

Or: What Is This, Soviet Russia?

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Every time I look at the headline, I think I'm reading some sort Yakov Smirnoff joke about Communist Russia that got lost in the 80s and ended up as news in The Houston Chronicle:

Postal Service fixes long waits by removing clocks

Really? Yes. Really. In some 37,000 post offices clocks have been removed from retail areas as part of a "retail standardization program" launched last year.

But wait. It gets better.

"We want people to focus on postal service and not the clock," said Stephen Seewoester, Dallas spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service.

That's right. You won't have any stupid clocks messing up the good time you're having waiting in line to buy stamps from surly civil-service employee who, when he returns from his fifth break of the day, could probably spit in your eye and still keep his job. As The Consumerist points out: "The post office is not a casino. People aren't going to lose themselves in the fun and mail more letters than they'd originally intended."
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