Archive for Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Five Questions: Counter Points

Steve Denmark has greeted customers for nine years from behind the counter at the De Soto Post Office

Steve Denmark has greeted customers for nine years from behind the counter at the De Soto Post Office

May 6, 2009

Q: What’s the best thing about working for the U.S. Postal Service?

A: Right now in a shaky economy, it’s a good steady job.

Q: How has the recession affected the De Soto Post Office?

A: Our volume is down. We’ve had a little pick up in parcels but only because we’re combining more with UPS and DHL went down. They say we’ll merge with all the parcel carriers at some time.

Q: There’s a lot of traffic through here today. Is this a busy time?

A: It’s a very busy time of year. Not so much letters but cards. Mother’s Day cards and graduation cards.

Q: Postal rates are going up Monday. What has that meant for business?

A: With stamps going from 42 cents to 44 cents on May 11, a lot of people are buying forever stamps. That forever stamp will be good on a 1 ounce first-class letter always. Customers are buying them hundreds at a time.

Q: The old newspaper on the wall display says the current De Soto Post Office opened in November 1966. Is it still functionAL?

A: It’s the right size for us but it needs some upgrades. One we need Is an upgrade for handicapped accessibility. We need push-button doors and better ramps.

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