Thursday, April 14, 2011

Wednesday's Post

So, I dunno what is going on but this has not been a fabulous week by any stretch of the imagination. Oh, wait. I did get my forex all sorted and my new camera has been ordered so I guess it hasn't been *all* bad. But work has, and my experience of the service industry (read: The Post Office) has reached all time lows.

So first, the camera. I decided when I got back from Peru that I needed a new point-n-click before my next trip ... since my one broke on that trip and I certainly wasn't doing another travel-intense trip with my SLR. So I started looking at what I wanted and discovered the Canon SX210. Which I pretty much decided on instantly, although I did briefly hope for the SX230, but it's not available here yet and I can't exactly wait around. So, I'm a little annoyed about that, obviously getting the newest model would be ideal (the SX210 is last year's model as far as I know). But, the SX210 is still a very nice little camera and I can't wait to get it :)

The forex process thru FNB was simple and easy and efficient. What a pleasure. Unfortunately my experience of the Post Office, specifically the Benmore Post Office, has left me reeling and questioning the world. I mean I feel completely powerless to do anything, since they don't give a damn at all, and we all just sit around and tolerate the way things are and generally it makes my head hurt and I want to cry in frustration with the futility of it all. I don't think I've ever been to that Post Office were there haven't been 10+ people in the queue. I've been there for the last 2 days trying to get a replacement key for my PO Box, the same one I've used since I moved to Joburg (7 years ago). Sigh. Day 1 (Monday) I was told their systems were down but I could come and pay in cash and I could get a key but it would only take effect once the system was back up. So I went and there were no queues and the woman behind the counter looked at me blankly and just kept repeating "Our systems are down, come back tomorrow" in response to every question (that's right, because I have nothing better to do with my time). So I went back yesterday (since I had to collect my cash forex from the bank anyway), queued (of course!) and then was asked if I had paid my annual renewal. Well yes, I've just lost my key, it's not like I have it and it stopped working. So then she brings out some book that has no record of my payment. I paid online I say (I do every year). Oh, well then, she says, you need to bring in your receipt because they don't have records of people who pay online apparently. Is that not THE MOST ridiculous thing you've ever heard? But wait, it get's better. I logged onto my account where I renewed my PO Box. Do you think there is an option to print a receipt? Of course not. Don't be ridiculous. Sigh. Again I wonder how people survive or get anything done around here.

And work. Well work I don't want to discuss here right now. Perhaps I just need a holiday, but more likely things need to settle after the merger and office move. And in the mean time I'm annoyed as hell and don't really want to be here. Which is not ideal, I find.

Sigh, and now I can't post this because Blogger is having issues and my bbm's aren't going thru either. It's a swell day all round. Definitely should've stayed in bed this morning.

1 comment:

Tamara said...

Shame. Sounds crap. Hope it all gets resolved soon. Being miz at work sucks. And so does Benmore Post Office, by the sounds of it.

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