There was a time in our distant past, when snail mail was the only mail, long before e-mail and this thing called the Internet that Al Gore created. According to the website truthorfiction.com, Gore did make the claim back in 1999 on the campaign trail, but realistically could not have invented the Internet, which dates back to the 60’s when Gore was just a youngster. He did however, as a Senator, introduce an information technology bill to pave the way for an “information systems highway”. This post is not about Al Gore, but rather the mail, something that has been around longer than Al Gore has been alive.
CNN reported that a tractor trailer carrying mail for the U.S. Postal system inadvertently deposited a good bit of its cargo of bills and statements along a 70 mile stretch of highway near St. Louis. Apparently, the 18 wheeler’s cargo door was left unsecured. Imagine being a driver behind or near the semi and witnessing this maelstrom of letters, bills, postcards and bank statements blown about, perhaps even creating a temporary whiteout. Who was behind the wheel anyway, Seinfeld’s Newman?
A Postal inspector said that the cargo likely contained mostly bank statements and bills destined for the West Coast some of which had already been recovered. If you receive a late bill with a tire mark, you’ll know why and if you don’t get the payment in on-time, I would think you’d have a good excuse, although I wouldn’t put it past a company to argue that you, the customer, knew when the bill was due and should have paid it on time anyway.
This is why I do everything on-line. Snail mail is really out of date. It’s like listening to music on a 8 track player, or walking around with a Walkman. Many kids these days would likely never have seen a cassette player or an 8 track tape. And not only is the mail system out of date, it is expensive. If I were the President, I’d abolish the Postal system. It might save us taxpayers a ton of money. But that’s not my point, really. Back to the story.
So the Postal Service has launched an investigation to ascertain how this could have happened to prevent it from ever happening again. Come on, it’s takes an investigation? Hey drivers – be sure to close and lock the door. Oh, and every once in a while, look in your side view mirrors.