Saturday, July 24, 2010

Post Office

Visiting the Post Office is something many people here loathe. It's a prime example of German bureaucracy. It's possible to buy stamps at a machine, as the woman on the far right is doing, however you have to know the exact envelope size, weight, and destination are three variables that will determine the price. If you need change prepare to receive it back in the form of stamps.

Any uncertainty requires standing in the endless line. Usually the postal worker pulls out their handy drawer to measure exactly. While you're at it, forget getting your mail delivered if it has anything than the name of the resident that is registered at the KVR. Not even addressing something to 'Oma (insert last name)' will work.

4 comments:

Jul said...

I've found that going to the tiny little post office branches is the key to avoiding long lines. The things I mail tend to be wacky shapes and sizes (being sent to all kinds of countries), so the machines don't work for me.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Nice shot. Apparently, governments are inefficient everywhere.

Darryl and Ruth : )

ECL said...

The last paragraph is simply not true. I've myself received POST CARDS addressed to me e.g. without the house number (because friends in Holiday knew only the street name). The Post is a real mess but to be fair if there is one thing they really do is try hard to deliver your mail. And they have nothing to do with the KVR. If the name of the addressee is on the mail box, they'll deliver.

Emily said...

Looks like you've faired better than me ECL.