Starting late this summer, you can skip checking your mailbox for letters, bills or cards on Saturdays. The US Post Office is stopping Saturday deliveries to avoid going bankrupt. The Postal Service says more people are paying bills and sending messages online, leading to a big drop in mail.
The Post Office says by closing on Saturdays it could save the system $2-billion a year. The agency says its research shows 7 in 10 Americans support the switch. But, they must not have talked with people in the Mid-south.
"Some checks come on Saturday, so then they have to wait until what Monday? Lights get cut off on Saturday, might need that check," says Marvelle Thompson.
Lauren Daniels says, "It makes it hard for people who are working during the day and have long hours. I'm a nurse, a mom and so when I work those 12 hour shifts, what am I supposed to do? I enjoy the Saturday hours and delivery on Saturday. That's a luxury. I hope they keep that for us."
Most of the people we talked with say mail delivery needs to continue on Saturdays, especially for certain businesses, rural communities, for those who are disabled and those who are up in age and not computer savvy.
"I don't have the internet and I tell my daughter all the time, ‘don't use it,'" says Robert Burson.
The Post Office is expected to make the change in August. While the weather and elements may not stop the mail, it seems technology is getting the best of the agency.
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