hope those posting internationally realise how very slow global post is at the moment.
This was actually the first time I posted a package internationally, believe it or not, and naturally I made a huge blunder, which will hopefully be survivable. I assumed they'd put something like a cheap outer box around the package, or at least tell me that this is not included, because you know, customer service. But no, the incredibly rude lady behind the counter (rude even by the standards of a city infamous for rudeness) barely grunted when she took the package, made me sign a customs form and off it went.I post hundreds of parcels every week and every so often there's still anxiety. Particularly posting something that is a one-off that you've made and painted yourself.
Yes, that was exactly my experience, down to the glare. And it's nostalgic, you know. When I was little, the mail was still state-owned, but it's good to know that certain traditions and rituals persevered through the transition to a private company.It's good to know postal workers across the world share a similar sunny disposition - the lady I posted mine with seemed personally offended by my very presence and my sheer gall to be posting a parcel - if not simply existing in her general vicinity. I thought she might stab me when I said it was going internationally.
Don't get me wrong, I worked retail for a while, I know customer service positions are terrible, which is why I go out of my way to be friendly in such situations. But at my local post office, friendliness is apparently seen as a sign of weakness or something, and they seem to have an internal competition going who can give you the most accurate demonstration of being treated with the absolute minimum for courtesy required.That grumpyness being an international phenomenon might be a hint that internationally it's a shitty job in shitty conditions with shitty headhonchos doing shitty things to their employers all the time. :/