I have to apologize for St. Louis helping to make this happen, and by “this,” I mean the Post Office hiring mostly illiterate unemployable blacks. Bill Clay (Senior) ran the House Post Office Subcommittee from 1990 to 1994, and he used that time to ram affirmative action down the throats of the PO big time.
Now you know why if you live anywhere close to a lot of blacks, you’ll often get the wrong mail. And don’t think that you’ll get quality white letter carriers in the suburbs — It is my experience in St. Louis that the PO will assign ghetto blacks to POs and routes so far away from the inner city of St. Louis that you literally have to live outside of the St. Louis area’s suburbanized footprint to all but guarantee that you have whites working at your delivery-level PO and on your route. But don’t forget that’s only half the equation — The mail does have to get from point A to point B, and eventually, illiterate blacks will be handling it at some point.
Not even rural areas are immune. My mail in my Carbondale (technically Carterville) address in 2009 was hit-and-miss simply because there was a mini-ghetto of residential blacks in Carbondale that the PO had to employ.
Then there’s another factor that isn’t quite the fault of the PO’s AA policies resulting in the hiring of literacy optional blacks. Letter carriers are instructed to deliver mail where they best believe it should be delivered, and are instructed to ignore names that are posted on doors and mailboxes. You see, the mailbox or mail slot might have a sign that reads, “Jane Doe,” but in reality, La’Quita Edwards with a dozen outstanding warrants lives there, but she can’t put her real name on a sign indicating her box or slot because she doesn’t want the inconvenience of being arrested. You might put your own real name on your own box or slot, but the letter carrier is instructed to disregard that.
Because…postage rates went up, again.
And also…it is my experience that UPS and FedEx aren’t that much better when it comes to getting it right and losing stuff, especially UPS. UPS is almost as bad as the USPS when it comes to AA.