A Kind of Drip-Drip-Drip Hell

This is how I spent roughly 16 minutes yesterday afternoon. My Twitter comment: “WeHo post-office agony. Two people won’t stop chatting at counter with postal workers. Line of people standing like statues. In a coma.”

  • moviesquad

    16 minutes isn’t actually that bad. When I lived in LA, going to the post office was one of my most dreaded activities.

  • ChancetheGardener

    If this had been a 16 minute video of you standing in line at the post office, a constant slow-pan to each side, for a full 16 minutes, it would have been the greatest piece of ‘reality-art’ I had seen all year. Alas, I clicked on the link…and it was 18 seconds.

  • GeorgePrager

    Some people have no concept of what’s behind them.
    I was in a post office once and this woman kept peppering the postal clerk with questions and this went on for what seemed like an hour. When she was finally done and ready to leave this guy behind me (this was in Manhattan exclaimed “HALLELUJA”!

    And what is the deal with people in Los Angeles who. when they are waiting at an ATM machine, stand like 20 feet behind the person at the ATM machine? When I spent a Summer in Silver Lake, I noticed that this was the norm. When I tried to break this cycle, I felt like a criminal.

  • Travis Actiontree

    So YOU’RE that guy! Back the fuck up Prager, I’m applying for a home loan.

    I like the old ladies who show up at the WeHo post office with nothing but a large object, (not in a box, not already packed up…just the object), an address and some money.
    “I need to mail thees to Russia!”

    People suck.

  • patches23

    Many people are lonely. This will be their only social activity of the day. After this they go home and watch Real Housewives or Fox News. The postal worker is low-risk and likely to respond to them in a positive way. This was part of Jason Reitman’s riff on security lines in UP IN THE AIR, IIRC. If not, it could have been. Sad way to try and get a little positive attention in this world.

  • Travis Actiontree

    Gee, patches…. way to bring the room down.

  • joe banks

    90% of the world needs to just get its head out of its ass

  • Mr. F.

    “If this had been a 16 minute video of you standing in line at the post office, a constant slow-pan to each side, for a full 16 minutes, it would have been the greatest piece of ‘reality-art’ I had seen all year. Alas, I clicked on the link…and it was 18 seconds.”

    Totally agree. Think of the artistry Malick would have brought to his post office iPhone movie. Or Lynch’s weirdness.

    I do like the dude ahead in line who’s checking you out toward the end of the clip.

  • Mr. F.

    “And what is the deal with people in Los Angeles who. when they are waiting at an ATM machine, stand like 20 feet behind the person at the ATM machine?”

    So the person at the ATM doesn’t think they’re trying to see them punch in their PIN. I wish I were kidding.

  • Sasha Stone

    “Gee, patches…. way to bring the room down.”


  • Zach

    I was there yesterday afternoon as well. Not 16 minutes, thankfully, but yeah, I feel your pain. I’ve been going to this post office for years, and I’ve never seen more than 2 registers open.

  • mizerock

    You’ve just implicitly endorsed all of the companies that make it impossible to reach a human on the phone. And yet, it’s true, these lonely people are out to ruin productivity, if you let them!

    That explains how Stamps.Com can be profitable, selling stamps and mailing supplies at a healthy markup just so you can avoid the Post Office. If you can afford the luxury, I guess it must really be worth it.

  • Kakihara

    Yeah, I don’t really get why they do that shit, either. If they wanna be pals, then trade e-mails and/or social network accounts and stop holding up the linnes.

  • JoeTanto

    The main LA ATM nuisance I have is, in any other city, people WORK FOR A LIVING and are paid via DIRECT DEPOSIT, so the only reason anyone ever goes to an ATM is to withdraw a quick 20.

    But here LIKE LITERALLY EVERY FUCKING PERSON is depositing like 20 royalty checks from some 1999 Ocean Spray commercial, and takes a minimum of 14 minutes at the ATM, and all I wanna do is make a ten-second withdrawal. Or you get some waitress feeding the machine rumpled bills into her savings account for a fucking hour.

  • Watcher Of The Skies

    Who goes to the post office anymore? Who bothers with ATM machines? I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been to either in the last 5 yrs.

  • JoeTanto

    Just a hunch going out on the limb and saying people who need to mail shit or need cash.

    Unless you’re buying a soda at 7-11 with a fucking debit card– yeah, that’s safe.

  • Watcher Of The Skies

    I haven’t stepped foot in a convenience store in years. I also don’t own a car, so that helps with that right there. When home in NYC, I ride my bike or walk and carpool to gigs, etc.

  • JoeTanto

    Jesus FUCKING Christ, Captain Literal.

  • dino velvet

    Yeah there’s no reason for anyone tech-savvy to be setting foot in a post office in this day and age. Buy postage online, print labels, and they’ll come to your front door to pick it up. Or, if you want to be even more awesome, bring all your prepaid stuff to the post office, walk past everyone in line and drop it on the counter, basking in the envy of people who have been standing there for 20 minutes.

  • Kakihara

    Another thing I hate is drivers who are clear to move in any direction, but stall and act confused about where to go next.

  • GeorgePrager

    Seriously? No one wants to be that tech-savvy. It would be like being a metrosexual.

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  • Floyd Thursby

    “Buy postage online, print labels, and they’ll come to your front door to pick it up.”

    You need a scale for weighing packages, a reliable printer, paper for the printer, etc. Unless you have to mail packages every day, going to the Post Office is easier. It also gets you out of your cave.

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