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Post Office: Once the pride of Fairfield

By From page A8 | February 11, 2013

It is sad to go to the local Fairfield post office and witness long lines out the door, garbage piling up on the floor and overflowing garbage cans not being emptied.

I have lived and worked in Fairfield for 30 years and use the post office for personal and business almost daily and it has slowly become the most disgusting place in Fairfield to visit. There is not a business owner or citizen in Fairfield who would tolerate this mess in their own home or business. It is a health risk to all who enter or stand in the long lines.

I have emailed and called the post office over the years to complain, but no one in the Oakland regional office or Washington, D.C., is listening. Your concerns get routed back to the local postmaster, which is a waste of time. It is not the fault of the clerks who help customers as they try their best. Three clerks have retired in the past six months and a janitor has not been replaced, leaving four vacancies.

I encourage everyone to voice their concerns or it will only get worse. How long can you afford to stand in line? Do we wait until rodents and cockroaches run through the garbage in the lobby? They need to run the post office like a professional business and take care of the residents and businesses who must use the post office.

Kathy Parsons


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  • LeoFebruary 11, 2013 - 9:35 am

    I agree with you. I was in there on Friday and there were no trash cans and ads/papers, etc that people didn’t want were just thrown on the counters and most ended up on the floor. I also can’t figure out why extra counter help is not called when the customer service lines go out the door. I now use Raley’s for most of my mailing/package/stamps needs. At least there if the line starts to get long they call extra clerks to help. I use the PO Box service at the Post Office and if it was not for that I would not go near the place.

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  • Rich GiddensFebruary 11, 2013 - 10:41 am

    The Post Office is yet another government run disaster. Meanwhile profits and efficient service are to be had at UPS and elsewhere. The Post Office turned into a boondoogle long ago. You were warned. We saw the Post Office buy a local Postmaster's mansion in South Carolina for millions when he was reassigned. We saw how the senior leaders couldn't stem the red ink that mounted year after year. The culture inside the Post Office is horrible. There's no unity of purpose and mission as horrible managers fight with equally horrible rank and file workers. Now its mostly angry minorities all screaming about diversity as their workplace is anything but diverse. Where the Post Office goes, the Federal Government seems to follow---failed in its missions, its budgets and its morals or lack thereof.

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