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Government Efficiency

Posted on | October 26, 2009 | 2 Comments

Spent 25 minutes in line at the Post Office this morning, a line that wrapped around the lobby and out the door. The experience is made even more unpleasant by the fact that some genius in their logistics department decided that customers would no longer be able to take a number and sit down to wait, but would instead be forced to stand in the queue – including the woman several spots up from me who was leaning on her walker.
There were two cashiers working and one of them was “helping” the same customer for nearly 15 minutes. At one point a woman who looked like a supervisor (no uniform, keys hanging around her neck) came out and stood behind the counters, just sort of staring at us – then she disappeared again.
Finally, another clerk came from the back and signed in to his terminal – at which point one of the clerks went on her break, and the other disappeared to the back muttering something about printer ribbon.
There was no way to avoid the obvious comparison so I said, “Just think, these people could be running your health care system”
Only one of the folks suffering in line with me didn’t laugh out loud.

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2 Responses to “Government Efficiency”

  1. Michael
    October 31st, 2009 @ 10:39 am

    Hey, long time. ๐Ÿ™‚

    I was just pruning old links to see if they were still running. What’s funny is that I posted almost the exact same observation.

  2. Vox
    October 31st, 2009 @ 5:37 pm

    Hi, Michael – happy to have you visit again.

    Your link seemed to get stripped off for some reason, so I went to your blog and grabbed the one I *think* you might be referencing. If I got it wrong, let me know and I’ll try again ๐Ÿ™‚

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