You know what drives me crazy? Yes, but that's not what I'm thinking of. Oh, yeah, definitely, but that's not what I'm thinking of either. Er, no---I mean, it's true that drives me crazy, but I'm thinking of something else. Okay, FINE, so there are a LOT of things that drive me crazy. I'll just tell you which one it is this time: Official Rules that MAKE NO SENSE.
Today I went to the post office to mail a package. It was a blog package, so in the return address field I'd written only "Swistle." The clerk told me I needed to write my whole address. I preferred not to, and explained why. She said that the package COULD NOT BE MAILED without a return addresses. I suggested that this might not be the case, since I have mailed almost all my blog packages without return addresses.
She went to check with a superior. The superior said it was okay. Then a moment later the superior said, "But WE need to know your address: we need to Know Our Customers." So I told her my full name and my full address, and I showed her my driver's license, and she asked if I'd lived here long, and I said YES, and that my parents were Ruth and Robert Whistle and told her their address, and I told her my mail carrier's name, and she was finally satisfied.
BUT THEN she had to give me a long, sober explanation about "Ever since 9-11" and "This has to go on a PLANE" and "What if it had Something Dangerous in it?" And THIS is the part where it is revealed that that rule is STUPID, because I could have written in a totally fake name and address and that would have gone through just fine. They wouldn't have asked for ID to prove that it was my name/address, nor would they have asked me how long I'd lived in the area.
The only way their policy makes sense is if they ID every single customer to make sure the return address matches that customer's driver's license information. Since this is not done, the rule that packages can't be mailed without a full return address is a Dumb and Pointless Rule and they should not be using that sober, serious tone of voice to explain it to me, as if I am not showing sufficient respect for the safety of our country.
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