Patterico's Pontifications

1/31/2006

Keeping the Stereotype Alive

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:29 am

Why do postal workers go postal?

7 Responses to “Keeping the Stereotype Alive”

  1. Postal workers go postal because they work at the Post Office. I’m giving it to you straight. But, I also want to add a word of caution. You’ve got to actually have some experience in the PO to understand the high levels of anger and frustration characteristic of working conditions there. It’s a case of cause and effect.

    One summer, while at UCSB, I worked at the Goleta Mail Handling Facility where these murders took place. I don’t excuse or condone the violence, but I do understand its origins. Although I needed the summer job, it paid well, and was close to campus, I quit after only a few weeks. It was that or deck the boss, and spend the rest of the summer in the county lock-up.

    Black Jack (d8da01)

  2. They go “postal” because the cannot stand telling “customers” that their mail will not be forwarded to a new address for ten days! Imagine a business like FedEx or UPS telling customers that their business is run the same as it was prior to the technology boom! I’ve never seen such abysmal incompetenc!

    Jane (1c3385)

  3. Having just come from the PO today trying to straighten out a delivery problem with a periodical, going postal is a quite natural reaction to the feckless, CYA attitude of postal management. These people just won’t do anything in response to customer dis-satisfaction. Their attitude to all is: We’re the Postal Service, and you’re not! This is an institution that needs to be put out to competitive bidding. Just think of the threshing machine that would go through management if GE was running this show.

    Drew Kelley (a28ef4)

  4. The main thing is, the USPS has something like 800,000 employees. You have that many people, some of them are gonna be crazy.

    Crank (5f5694)

  5. For the same reason that tornados always hit trailer courts!

    Dale Newland (5be297)

  6. I heard on the radio today that this was the first time in eight years that a postal worker went postal. One wonders whether postal workers are any worse than anyone else, or whether we just make a bigger deal out of it every time a disgruntled worker turned homicidal maniac happens to be a current or former postal worker.

    Xrlq (5ffe06)

  7. Jerry: “Hello … Newman.”
    Newman: “Hello … Jerry.”
    (Sound of gunfire)

    Dennis Mosher (954dbd)


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