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Subject: Paper wrapped packages
Date Posted: 3/21/2010 4:24 PM ET
Member Since: 9/14/2008
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The clerk at the local Post Office (in a little strip mall) told me that in the future the PO would not accept packages wrapped in paper. I had been avoiding him. I mailed books while out - the bigger PO in the next town (out doing errands) the PO near the workforce center & the other side of the Cities after a job interview - no problem.

So the latest book I went to the local Post Office - same clerk. Very surly and abrupt - "no more paper wrapping"  and tossed the book into the bin with a disgusted face & on to the next person.


Since 3 other PO had no problems with it I think it is probably just his "rule" but how can I be sure? I think my incoming packages come through another office - if I have to sign or pay I go to the distribution center which is another seperate USPS only building .

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 3/21/2010 6:17 PM ET
Member Since: 12/27/2005
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Paper wrapping is allowed. It's in the DMM (Domestic Mail Manual). Tell him to read section 601 part 3.4 which specifically says paper bags and wraps are permitted.

Date Posted: 3/21/2010 9:28 PM ET
Member Since: 6/25/2006
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sounds like you got a cranky pants clerk

those are the ones that make up rules to suit themselves

always ask to see  no more paper rule in written ,...they wont be able to find it

Date Posted: 3/22/2010 12:15 AM ET
Member Since: 12/28/2006
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Go over his head and discuss this with the postmaster.  You don't have to endure his ignorance or surley attitude.

Date Posted: 3/22/2010 11:08 AM ET
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As an experienced patron of Cranky Pants clerks, like Mark well described, and Denise advised, ask to speak with the postmaster or his supervisor. He is making up his own rules just like my Cranky Pants clerk did. He and the other CP clerks need to be put in their places.There is absolutely no reason you should be going through this with any CP clerk. Thousands on here, and other sites mail out books every day with paper wrapped books.

Date Posted: 3/22/2010 8:31 PM ET
Member Since: 9/9/2009
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you can mail just about anything in any format.  Years ago I mailed a coconut to an old boyfriend with a barely attached address label that said "I'm nuts about you".  I see lots of tires going thru the mail with just addressing slapped on them and no paper or box of any sort.  Saw a saddle go thru the other day.  It's hideous how we in USPS mail all sorts of equipment between sites (just throw it in rolling stock and slap on some addressing) and then wonder why it never shows up.