Here's something that consistently gets my goat, chaps my hide, and gnaws on my brainstem (3fer!)....WHY does every damnable post office in this country have to be such a pain in the (chapped) keister?
USPS, if you want to, say, perhaps, I don't know, compete in this GLOBAL MARKET VILLAGE ECONOMY, perhaps you might staff your locations with more than two workers at any given time. I've often wondered why there are even five to six counters in most locations anyway. Perhaps they are just for show? Maybe that's where they keep the GOOD mail, x-rayed packages of chocolate, gold, and gold-covered chocolate. Maybe that's where they keep their valium and pot because no one who works at the post office EVER moves more than .2 mph. Ever.
So, maybe instead of raising postage in ridiculously stupid increments (make it even, damn you!), you could compete with FedEx and UPS not with flat-rate boxes, but with better G.D. service. Stop with the Grandma Moses, Chatty Cathy shenanigans and give New Orleans back its Automated Postal Centers while you're at it. I realize it's hard to make a machine read a new $5 bill, but I believe in you. U.S.A.! U.S.A!