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This morning there was a buzz on the apartment intercom. I answered it. A woman asked if I had a cat, and said there is one "outside your window". I said I would go check, then dashed around counting cats. All present and accounted for. I went to the windows and looked out, saw no cats. But obviously there was one at some window. Don't know which. That's something that I think about, cats or dog getting out on the fire escape.

Later I went to the post office. I was expecting a package I'd had shipped to me care of my daughter. I got slips for two packages in the post office box and stood in line, holding the dog. There are signs on the doors to the post office saying no dogs allowed, but I didn't see that I had a choice. I felt that by holding him I was minimizing his presence. I was in line about 20 minutes, my legs stiffening by the second. When I finally got to the window I put the doggie down. And a clerk finally woke up from elsewhere in the building, came over to me after the clerk at the window had taken the package slips, and told me dogs are not allowed, that I was "disrespecting" the post office, that she didn't just make that up, the sign is on the door, and on and on. She said they didn't have to serve me because I had a dog. Finally she said I would have to leave. She said wait outside and she would bring the packages to me. I went outside to wait, she came out several minutes later with one package, said I would have to come back tomorrow for the other package. "But don't bring the dog". That package is going to have to wait there. To get it I would have to put the doggie in day care at considerable expense. I don't know anyone who could watch him just outside the post office and I'm not going to pull someone off the street to do that.

I knew I wasn't supposed to bring the dog in. I didn't see a choice. Waiting would likely have gotten the package sent back to the sender, and I needed it. I learned not to have anything sent to me care of the post office, though.



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Feb. 20th, 2007 10:50 pm (UTC)
Ah, small people with small powers, aren't they lovely?

Well, at least now you know you can leave him home alone for a bit without him freaking out.
Feb. 20th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
Yes, that is a good thing. Too bad the post office is too many blocks away and the wait in line much too long. But I got my own package, the one I wanted. The other will have to wait until my daughter and son-in-law return.
Feb. 20th, 2007 11:50 pm (UTC)
That just sucks! I know you were not suppose to bring in the dog, but I doubt the dog was growling or anything like that. She could of said something to you and allowed you to get both packages. What was the reason she couldn't give you both? What a pain in the butt!!!!

I bet she is a very unhappy person..........
Feb. 21st, 2007 12:42 am (UTC)
He's a small dog and he was well-behaved. No noise, nothing.

She was right that there are signs on the door. I did think she made way too much of it all. I think her time would have been better spent actually taking care of the long line. But I know from my own experience as a planner that some people get focused on "the rules" and they feel bound to enforce the rules, no matter what. They don't consider the bigger picture.

I felt hurt and abused, and yet I did know I was in the wrong! Yet it seemed an unnecessary enforcement. AS if everyone in the line was suffering (I don't think so) or everyone in the line was thinking, "Hmmm....she's getting away with a dog...I think I'll bring my dog next time..." In other words, if we let this one get away with it, there will be chaos! I've always loved that argument.

The other package apparently was not there, although I have no idea why it wouldn't be. It isn't as if they were trying to deliver it - the address is a post office box. So that's a mystery. She wasn't trying to keep it from me. Just didn't have an explanation.
Feb. 21st, 2007 04:29 am (UTC)
You can leave him alone for 15-20 minutes. If he's had a walk already he'll be OK. He freaks out after about 20 minutes.
Feb. 21st, 2007 04:39 am (UTC)
I was in line for at least twenty minutes. Getting to the post office took probably another ten or fifteen. So not an option.

Anyway, not a biggie for me. I got the package I wanted. I presume you can wait to pick up the other one.
Feb. 21st, 2007 01:57 pm (UTC)
How dare you "disrespect" the post office. I would have laughed. "Disrespecting" the post office?

Big bad Judith, "dissing" the post office. You're HARD CORE!
Feb. 21st, 2007 02:19 pm (UTC)
Oh I know. (And I really hate the term "disrespect" - as a verb. We got along fine without it for hundreds of years but now it has taken over.)

There's no telling what I might do next. And because I'm in New York I somehow feel obligated to yell at someone. It's just a matter of time.
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