Two articles regarding the United States Postal Service's (USPS) misguided attempts to cut labor costs have caught my attention.
The first details the increase in mail and identity theft in the Central Valley. Traditionally, letter carriers walked up to the door or have driven up to the curb in front of the home to deliver the mail. The USPS deems this method as too time consuming.
The elimination of door-to-door mail delivery and installation of centralized neighborhood delivery boxes have directly contributed to the increase in theft. These boxes are easier to break into because they are not easily seen from our homes, and instead of thieves stealing one person's mail they can take out 10 at a time.
The second article details the USPS pilot program with Staples to open retail mail centers in their stores. These mail centers would not be staffed by postal employees but by Staples employees to cut costs. Letter carriers deliver checks, passports, financial documents for companies and medicines across the country. Do you want your personal information handled by a postal employee or someone making minimum wage?
Cutting costs makes sense. Cutting costs and increasing mail theft doesn't.