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#1 Hum

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 22:57

WASHINGTON –  Allowing the Postal Service to deliver beer, wine and spirits is high on his wish list for raising cash for his financially ailing agency, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said Thursday.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Donahoe also endorsed ending most door-to-door and Saturday mail deliveries as cost-saving measures for his agency, which lost $16 billion last year.

Donahoe said delivering alcohol has the potential to raise as much as $50 million a year. He mentioned how customers might want to, for example, mail bottles of wine home when they tour vineyards. Donahoe said his agency has looked at the possibility of using special boxes that would hold two, four or six bottles and ship for a flat-rate to anywhere in the country.

"There's a lot of money to be made in beer, wine and spirits," Donahoe said. "We'd like to be in that business."

The Postal Service says mailing alcoholic beverages is currently restricted by law. Customers are even told to cover any logos or labels if they use alcoholic beverage boxes for shipments.

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 23:00

They lost nearly 16 billion dollars last year. I ain't no genius but something doesn't add up.



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 23:06

no one is going to use it because it is heavy and cost a lot to ship.



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 23:07

They lost nearly 16 billion dollars last year. I ain't no genius but something doesn't add up.

 

Government-mandated payments to pre-fund health care benefits for postal retirees... 75 years into the future...

 

Congress is intentionally trying to kill the USPS. 

 

http://www.huffingto..._n_1833211.html



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 23:10

I didn't know you couldn't ship alcohol. :laugh:

 

Never tried though. Why would I send someone else my perfectly good alcohol?



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 23:15

Never tried though. Why would I send someone else my perfectly good alcohol?

 

Because putting red wine in your checked luggage is a terrible, terrible idea.



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 23:22

Because putting red wine in your checked luggage is a terrible, terrible idea.

Touche! Sounds like you may have a little experience attempting this.



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Posted 01 August 2013 - 23:23

Don't wonder why the postman is weaving a little. :wacko:

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Posted 01 August 2013 - 23:34

Don't wonder why the postman is weaving a little. :wacko:

LMAO! Nice one!!

 

I would like a shipment of alcohol every friday please :)



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Posted 15 August 2013 - 18:23

I don't think delivering alcohol to customers is going to raise $50 million. Hauling alcohol to businesses is where it's at.