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November 16th, 2004

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02:41 am - Post offices in the UK.
Our local post office has seen better days. In fact, I think it's seen better decades. The carpet is grotty, dark grey and worn through in many places. The walls are painted in a horrid shade of yellow-green. The workers (errr ... not tellers, but at the moment I can't think of the right term for them) are behind counter-to-ceiling glass, which has posters and notices and things stuck all over it. They do sell a small range of stationary - but you have to ask for it, and the example items are blu-tacked on the glass well above head height, and don't have readable prices on them. The floor space is mostly empty, except for a fire engine children's ride thing, which also sounds rather run-down and pathetic.

The question is this - are post offices typically like this in the UK ? Do they have shiny new post offices with a nice layout and a wide range of stationary and other stuff for sale, or do they all tend to be like the local one ?

I'm thinking of the contrast with the Australian Post Shops, which, in general, are not bad places to visit - the local post office here is rather grim by comparison.
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Date:November 15th, 2004 10:41 pm (UTC)
Auspost shops aren't bad to visit if you don't have a day job. It's not easy finding one that opens on a Saturday, whereas in the UK (or at least in my part of it) that's not a problem. That said, Auspost are nicer and better stocked for the most part.

My village in the UK hasn't had a post office for the better part of two years, which is a bit of a nightmare, but when it did, I swear some of the stock dated back to the 1970's.
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Date:November 15th, 2004 11:05 pm (UTC)
A lot of Austpost shops now do open on Saturdays, particularly if they're in shopping centres and the like. I think it's actually in the LPO contracts now that they have to open on Sat mornings at least and I know that there was a push to get some outlets to open Sundays as well.

The stocking I both like and dislike - you'd be amazed at how much of it walks (my fave example is the idiot PM who had 5 printer cartridges walk - well if you're stupid enough to leave them in the display boxes right next to the door in Epping what do you expect?) and it's often quite hard to find the post products you want in amongst the Christmas/AFL/movie of the week crap.
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Date:November 17th, 2004 04:41 am (UTC)
Sounds quaint! :)

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