May 22nd, 2009 at 06:33am
Last week, before I left Canberra, I decided to check my post office box as it would be the last chance that I would have for a week (now two weeks), and I was waiting on some mail.
Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to visit the post office on Thursday or Friday, so in the early hours of Saturday morning I went for one of my walks, and found a notice in my post office box informing me that “an ordinary article” was awaiting collection from within the post office, something which can only be done during business hours.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this “ordinary article” is the parcel that I was waiting for…a book which I’ve been waiting for. This made me wonder:
1. why there isn’t come sort of secure after-hours parcel collection system at post offices, and
2. why post offices can’t open at all on the weekend…9am-midday on a Saturday wouldn’t be too onerous would it?
The thing which irks me about post office trading hours is that, for anyone who works 9-5, they’re quite useless. Collecting a parcel means either wasting your lunch break in a queue or taking time off work.
In this case I only have myself to blame for not allocating two hours of my Friday to visiting the post office…I’ll just make sure that I visit the post office on the Monday after I get back to Canberra. The box will probably be close to full by then.