Tuesday, November 21, 2006

This kind of crap infuriates me!

Here's a story from the Central Coast Express Advocate:

Look after post box or lose it


Australia Post will remove post boxes that are repeatedly attacked by vandals.

Look after your nearest post box or you will lose it, warned Australia Post after one at Umina Beach was destroyed by fire for the second time this year.

Australia Post spokeswoman Sheridan Beattie said in extreme cases they would relocate or remove boxes repeatedly targeted by vandals.

"Obviously it is an inconvenience to the community if a post box is out of service due to vandalism,'' Ms Beattie said. "But clearly it is not in the community's interests for Australia Post to maintain a box in which mail may not be safe or the public's safety is at risk.''

People who posted mail in the box outside the Umina Beach Post Office between Friday and Sunday are urged to check it arrived.

Post boxes cost $1000 to replace and this box was also attacked in June.

Ms Beattie said it was important people called police if they noticed any unusual activity around a post box.

With the rise of identity fraud, Ms Beattie said the situation was a concern.

"Although most of the damage inflicted on post boxes can be attributed to petty vandalism, the damage can sometimes be from would-be thieves attempting to access the mail inside,'' she said.

"Look after your nearest post box." How the hell are people supposed to do that? With round-the-clock vigilante patrols? By posting a sentry at the box? It's not the public's responsibility to protect post boxes or to act as law enforcement officers.

How about some policing? These morons vandalise much more around the area than just the odd postbox. How about the courts giving appropriate sentences to the brainless cretins whose level of intelligence is such that they think vandalising a post box is entertainment? How about Australia Post building post boxes into Post Office walls instead of as free-standing units? How about fixing the problem, for Christ's sake!

No, not to the bureaucratic mind. To them it's much simpler. If their paying customers are inconvenienced because their post box has been destroyed, the answer is to remove the box and inconvenience them permanently.

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