The USPS, or: Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Let’s say you live in California (hypothetically). Next, let’s say you wanted to get a package from your address in California to another address in California. Finally, let’s say that you wanted your package to get to its new California home (from its old California home) quickly and efficiently.

Pay special attention to “quickly and efficiently”, dear reader, because that phrase is where you and the United States Post Office may find yourselves radically at odds.

Last week, a man wanted to send a package from Union City, California to his home in Los Angeles. “Common sense” dictates that a trip like that should take 2 or 3 days – but that’s because people with common sense avoid the USPS like 400 lb. men avoid salads.

The USPS sent his across the entire country. Twice.

This is why the USPS has been on the verge of collapse for years, people – and maybe (just, “maybe”) it’s time someone pulled the plug.

Also: mixed metaphors FTMFW.

Thanks to Gizmodo for bringing this story to light, and generating the super-awesome graphic charting the inconceivably wasteful and expensive course of the package, above, and the “official” door-to-door tracking information, below.

Source | Photos: Gizmodo.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.