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shortckt
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[Rant] US Post Office doesn't want coins anymore

The post office clerk refused to accept rolled coins when I went in to buy stamps. And there wasn't anyone else in line. At that time of the morning the place was empty. Of course all the post offices (at least in this area) did away with the stamp vending machines a few years ago.

The clerk's excuse was that all post offices deposit the day's cash/checks by sending it to a central USPS warehouse where it is handled and deposited, but they can't send in coins, only paper! Therefore each post office keeps and must use all their own change.

After much pleading the clerk let me buy ONE lousy book of stamps ($9.00) with one roll of dimes and two rolls of nickels.

It's ironic... a US Government Agency, and one of the oldest in existence, didn't want US currency. The clerk said if I don't like it I should complain to Congress. Remind me again why the post office is losing money?


thedragonmas

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i would say to write the post master, post master general, office of the consumer advocate. but ive done that about 6 months ago when the clerk treated me like s*** because im legally blind and needed them to fill out the itty bitty form for certified/registered mail (made me stand to the side, and wait 30 minutes while she waited on every one else) and never heard back from any of them..

so, i would contact the local media on this one, im sure theyd love a story like this. for one thing, isnt it against the law to refuse to be paid in legal u.s. tender, unless its posted in advance that they wont accept change?


a href

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reply to shortckt

They didn't want your coins but if you had bought stamps from one of their infernal machines with a twenty, your change would have been a fistful of Susan B Anthony dollars.



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reply to shortckt

It's possible that the clerk thought that maybe you were trying to jip 'em (i.e. does that roll of dimes have exactly five bucks worth?). I've come across that while trying to pass rolls of coins. Like the supermarket wanted your name & address written on 'em. And banks wouldn't exchange 'em unless I had an account.



shortckt
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said by thedragonmas:

i would say to write the post master, post master general, office of the consumer advocate....
so, i would contact the local media on this one, im sure theyd love a story like this. for one thing, isnt it against the law to refuse to be paid in legal u.s. tender, unless its posted in advance that they wont accept change?

I agree, going up the chain of command at the USPS or writing to Congress would be useless. Just for fun, I'll email one of the local TV news stations that has a "troubleshooter" who does stories like this.

Note in my OP that the clerk explained how they handle payments and deposits. Ok so we are to believe that the post office, the same post office that per their own regulations will let me mail live baby chickens* to someone across the country can't handle loose change between their post offices and their central facility?!?!?

*It's true, look it up in the USPS operating manual. That should be a question on one of those trivial pursuit games.


dvd536
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said by a href:

They didn't want your coins but if you had bought stamps from one of their infernal machines with a twenty, your change would have been a fistful of Susan B Anthony dollars.

uhmmmm NO! SBAs are worth at least $40 apiece. the usps machines give back prez coins not SBAs.

I like the dollar coins because theres this one vending machine with a very picky dollar bill validator and others frustrated i can walk up and get that item thats only in that machine. I've been known to sell a dollar coin for two paper dollars


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said by Madness:

It's possible that the clerk thought that maybe you were trying to jip 'em (i.e. does that roll of dimes have exactly five bucks worth?). I've come across that while trying to pass rolls of coins. Like the supermarket wanted your name & address written on 'em. And banks wouldn't exchange 'em unless I had an account.

I've done that when i was younger. $9.75 in a $10 roll of quarters[with a fake name, addy and bank account number written on it] course now i couldn't even be bothered to pick up a quarter off the street.


shortckt
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said by Madness:

It's possible that the clerk thought that maybe you were trying to jip 'em (i.e. does that roll of dimes have exactly five bucks worth?)....

That's why I kept the coins in the car and waited until I happened to walk into the post office when there was no line of customers, so if the clerk felt she had to open the rolls and count it out she could take her time. No, her excuse was that they had too much change already on hand, and since they can't use it up fast enough when giving customers change and they can't send it in to their central warehouse to be deposited they just don't want more coins.

I've run into the must have your name / address on them thing going back a long time ago with my bank, so I had a rubber stamp made with that info on it and all my coin rolls are stamped with it.

I don't know what kind of cashier training they get, but many years ago when I worked in retail if we had too much change in the drawer we just used it up a little at a time when giving customers their change. If all the cashiers did this all day long they could make a real good dent in the pile of coins by the end of the week.


dvd536
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said by shortckt:

Just for fun, I'll email one of the local TV news stations that has a "troubleshooter" who does stories like this.

If you're in arizona: »www.abc15.com/subindex/about_us/contact_us


shortckt
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said by dvd536:

uhmmmm NO! SBAs are worth at least $40 apiece. the usps machines give back prez coins not SBAs.

They may be worth that to a collector, I don't know without checking a coin book, but at the cash register they are worth only face value.

said by dvd536:

...course now i couldn't even be bothered to pick up a quarter off the street.

Mehhh... Damned inflation!


CylonRed
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reply to shortckt

quote:
Of course all the post offices (at least in this area) did away with the stamp vending machines a few years ago.
Everywhere else they are adding them or combining them with their self serve postage\large item shipping station. They are hiring less people and closing post offices - not sure why they would remove the vending machines that saves them salary.
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hitachi369
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reply to shortckt

If you wanted you could have been a dick and just bought one stamp at a time, then you would have been able to use your change as each stamp is less than a dollar and change would be expected for the transaction.



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Maybe I outta try buying one stamp at my local PO & giving them 45¢ in pennies!



shortckt
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said by hitachi369:

If you wanted you could have been a dick and just bought one stamp at a time....

LOL I didn't think of that at the time. But that clerk would have probably reached across the counter and slugged me!


CylonRed
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reply to shortckt

The VAST majority of stores won't take rolled coins and the ones that do - you generally must put name, address and phone on the roll. Banks will have machines count the roll and contact you if you short them but it was a popular way to steal.

I don't blame them one bit for not taking rolled coins.
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reply to shortckt

lots of banks (even credit unions) have coin counting machines these days. For a credit union if you have $5 in a savings account it's pretty much free for GCS (granite city steel) members and the coin counting machine is in the lobby. If you are a non-member then you pay a coin counting fee. Pretty much take the reciept to the cashier and you have your money, free and clear in a few minutes.

Check a credit union, you might be surprised.
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I don't use the pony express, so I'm not sure what the cost of a stamp is these days, but I would buy stamps individually using a credit card. Make those fuckers pay in the form of transaction fees. I really hope I live to see the day that the USPS is eradicated. That waste of money and resources has no business being around in the 21st century.
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Jackarino
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reply to shortckt

I'm surprised USPS is still in business. Send an email and send packages via ups or FedEx



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said by Jackarino:

I'm surprised USPS is still in business. Send an email and send packages via ups or FedEx

Who do you think ships some packages last mile?

hint: it isn't UPS or FedEx.
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said by Jackarino:

I'm surprised USPS is still in business. Send an email and send packages via ups or FedEx

I just sent a package up usps today. $2.50 cheaper the UPS or fedex for the same service.
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reply to shortckt

They aren't required to accept rolled coins, but they are required to accept U.S. currency (except, in some circumstances, pennies). Just "un-roll" them next time (which really does nothing more than verify that all of the coins are U.S. currency, as opposed to plugs or currency from other countries--Canada for example). If they still refuse, then refer them to the Department of the Treasury and/or the Federal Reserve.



Jawsinc
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reply to Caddyroger

i would love to be able to ship usps but the line is so goddamn long in nyc that i gave up and go to the ups store. the extra money i spend evens out with the hours i gain back onto my life...



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said by Jawsinc:

i would love to be able to ship usps but the line is so goddamn long in nyc that i gave up and go to the ups store. the extra money i spend evens out with the hours i gain back onto my life...

I guess you don't do online shipping. I can send stuff out in the middle of the night and just drop it in the bins.
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said by Jawsinc:

i would love to be able to ship usps but the line is so goddamn long in nyc that i gave up and go to the ups store. the extra money i spend evens out with the hours i gain back onto my life...

I believe the longest was about 6 people and that was on a Monday mourning.
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Our local CBS affiliate has a troubleshooters segment they do every week and it always gets results. Thankfully I haven't had the need to contact them.

If interested here is their page: »www.kztv10.com/troubleshooters1/



Jawsinc
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reply to Caddyroger

when i lived in PA i hardly ever waited more than 5 mins. in nyc, 20 people in line if ur lucky, 40 if ur not.



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said by Jawsinc:

when i lived in PA i hardly ever waited more than 5 mins. in nyc, 20 people in line if ur lucky, 40 if ur not.

With my luck they will close mine.
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dvd536
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said by hitachi369:

If you wanted you could have been a dick and just bought one stamp at a time, then you would have been able to use your change as each stamp is less than a dollar and change would be expected for the transaction.

I've done that before with no issues.
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My PO can have a queue, but it often moves quickly (biggest hold-up is often someone applying for a passport). But just this past Monday, I went to send out some stuff. Got there at exactly 8am (opening time) & there was hardly a soul there!



dvd536
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reply to Omega

said by Omega:

said by Jackarino:

I'm surprised USPS is still in business. Send an email and send packages via ups or FedEx

Who do you think ships some packages last mile?

hint: it isn't UPS or FedEx.

Exactly. and reverse too!

like the time i shipped a computer to someone here and it got handed off to UPS and arrived broken. I've never seen a video of usps tossing electronics or a hard drive over a fence!