The U.S. Postal Service is famous for its "Rain, shine, sleet, or snow" slogan, but in a few months that won't apply to Saturdays. The agency has announced plans to stop delivering letters on Saturdays, starting the first weekend in August.
In a plan expected to save the USPS $2 billion, letters and flat-rate envelopes will no longer be delivered on Saturdays. Packages, however, will still be delivered six days a week.
Those with a P.O. Box at the post office will still get mail delivery on Saturdays.
Post office spokeswoman Marilyn Fenimore says five-day delivery is necessary to keep up with the times. "We've had to make adjustments so that we're not losing that money. We want to stay viable for the American public and still be known as the great American post office that everyone expects us to be," said Fenimore.
The convenience of the internet means people are using the mail system less often. And convenience seems to be a priority for many people who are taking advantage of post office services at places like 7-Eleven and grocery stores. "Our lives have become more complicated. We want things to be easier and simpler, and what's more simple than going to the grocery store and being able to buy stamps?" asked Fenimore.
Most people FOX5 spoke to at the post office support the change in delivery schedule, but only time will tell if those people will be able to tolerate an empty mailbox on Saturdays. "I think it helps them to save money to keep operating," said Margaret Henley. "It's certainly a service I wouldn't want to live without."
The U.S. Postal Service won't say whether the move will lead to layoffs, but Fenimore says there are no plans to eliminate local jobs at this time.
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