I recently sent a large-ish envelope via the USPS. This entailed going into the post office, selecting one of their 'approved' envelopes, and waiting in line (it was only a couple minutes) to have an employee weigh it. The employee inquired if I wanted to send it express? no. priority? no. certified? no. proof of delivery? Um, no....based on the employee's reactions, you'da thought I farted in church and announced "ahhh, that was satisfying!" Evidently, the post office doesn't just deliver 'regular mail' any more and everything has to have some sort of special classification or method of tracking. I was just looking for an inexpensive way to send something that wasn't terribly time sensitive. They didn't have a "get stepped on, torn in the sorting machine, and lost behind the sorting bin for a week" class or I might have considered it as a cost-saving measure
When was the last time you pulled a chatty hand-written letter out of your mailbox that had a 1st class stamp on it sent from a friend or family member?
What have been your recent experiences dealing with the US Postal Service?