At the post office, I found myself writing a bit of a pastiche of an old classic:
Passport Hours: 10:30-4:30
Nice work hours if you can get ‘em
NOTICE: TO SERVE YOU BETTER, PASSPORT SERVICE IS NOW BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
And you can work less, if you try!
Applicant has been waiting since around 1:30 PM, occasionally ringing doorbell.
Postal Service Employee (annoyed, poking head around door she is holding mostly closed): When’s your appointment?
Applicant: My appointment was at 1:30, Ma’am
Postal Service Employee (even more annoyed): Can’t be at this post office. You must be at the wrong post office. I have lunch from 1 to 2.
Suddenly, I find myself thinking that privatizing postal service might be a good idea after all. Also, putting the phrase “to serve you better” on a sign or form should be a federal offense, publishable by standing in line at a post office for 10 years.