What are your unpopular opinions?

What are your unpopular opinions?

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Dr Jekyll

15,984 posts

198 months

Friday 11th January
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Post offices should not exist.

In the days when they were the only places to buy stamps tax your car or buy a TV licence I could never understand why we couldn’t get stamps at shops, car tax at a garage etc. Thereby avoiding an extra journey to a depressing place to stand in a long queue consisting primarily of dithering half wits. At most you needed a place to drop parcels off.
Now you can do all those things elsewhere but the post offices still exist. Using expensive high street sites to provide no service that couldn’t be provided by existing businesses, yet still drawing crowds of the unorganised who want to use photo booths, buy sweets or just rant inarticulately at the counter staff.

Shakermaker

7,755 posts

37 months

Friday 11th January
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Dr Jekyll said:
Post offices should not exist.

In the days when they were the only places to buy stamps tax your car or buy a TV licence I could never understand why we couldn’t get stamps at shops, car tax at a garage etc. Thereby avoiding an extra journey to a depressing place to stand in a long queue consisting primarily of dithering half wits. At most you needed a place to drop parcels off.
Now you can do all those things elsewhere but the post offices still exist. Using expensive high street sites to provide no service that couldn’t be provided by existing businesses, yet still drawing crowds of the unorganised who want to use photo booths, buy sweets or just rant inarticulately at the counter staff.
All the ones around here now sit in WH Smiths

captain_cynic

3,788 posts

32 months

Friday 11th January
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Shakermaker said:
Dr Jekyll said:
Post offices should not exist.

In the days when they were the only places to buy stamps tax your car or buy a TV licence I could never understand why we couldn’t get stamps at shops, car tax at a garage etc. Thereby avoiding an extra journey to a depressing place to stand in a long queue consisting primarily of dithering half wits. At most you needed a place to drop parcels off.
Now you can do all those things elsewhere but the post offices still exist. Using expensive high street sites to provide no service that couldn’t be provided by existing businesses, yet still drawing crowds of the unorganised who want to use photo booths, buy sweets or just rant inarticulately at the counter staff.
All the ones around here now sit in WH Smiths
I was about to say the same thing, I'm sure there are still some standalone post offices but most of the ones around me are in Offy's or newsagents.

I thought that Post Offices had been shutting down left, right and centre as the land is worth more than they're getting out of the operations... Although I could be getting confused with Australia Post, which did that years ago.

But going back to Dr Jekyll's post, I think it's good that meanders and ditherers have a place to be obstructive which isn't in front of me. Imagine if all the post offices shut down, they'd meander and dither in supermarkets and other places I need to visit.

Eng274

86 posts

48 months

Friday 11th January
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Some Post Offices have a self service check out type thing, which is a nice idea in principle. But without the esoteric knowledge of delivery dates, pick up times and other inconsequential stuff the woolly jumper behind the counter is enlightened with, it is a bit of a gamble as to whether your parcel arrives as quickly as it would going via the counter. Which is a shame.

On the subject, the Post Office across the road from Kings Cross station is a complete hovel, with the deranged/drunk/drugged/beggars loitering with impunity. Staff seem to not care, as long as they are the other side of the glass. There are also plenty of people who stand and talk to the clerks with scant concern for the bedlam going on around them, and the long queue behind them, some fearing for their wallets and their sense of smell.

Not really an unpopular opinion, more of a rant really..

Richard-390a0

580 posts

28 months

Friday 11th January
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Shakermaker said:
Dr Jekyll said:
Post offices should not exist.
All the ones around here now sit in WH Smiths
Yep the same here the standalone P.O is a thing of the past & has been banished to a counter somewhere deep within the bowels of WHSmith... so the P.O doesn't exist.

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gregs656

2,019 posts

118 months

Friday 11th January
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Shakermaker said:
All the ones around here now sit in WH Smiths
The Co-op took a load of them in as well, and local news agents.

I think it's great from a customer POV - the one in my old local Co-op was open when ever the store was open - so until something like 11pm most nights and Sunday. I used to use the PO a lot.

MWM3

1,368 posts

59 months

Friday 11th January
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gregs656 said:
What an utterly tasteless thing to say.
At least he managed to actually post something that is unpopular.

Blown2CV

21,203 posts

140 months

Friday 11th January
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Dr Jekyll said:
Post offices should not exist.

In the days when they were the only places to buy stamps tax your car or buy a TV licence I could never understand why we couldn’t get stamps at shops, car tax at a garage etc. Thereby avoiding an extra journey to a depressing place to stand in a long queue consisting primarily of dithering half wits. At most you needed a place to drop parcels off.
Now you can do all those things elsewhere but the post offices still exist. Using expensive high street sites to provide no service that couldn’t be provided by existing businesses, yet still drawing crowds of the unorganised who want to use photo booths, buy sweets or just rant inarticulately at the counter staff.
not unpopular at all. All the competitor carriers are using all manner of outlets as ways to interact with their services in a far more convenient way. Post offices are just a weird side effect of using Royal Mail. It's very hard to make a post office viable these days without offering other services, a bit like a shop. Except they are generally like a st shop that no one wants to use. Just totally the wrong way round, and yet here we persist. Old people are often the demographic that keeps this type of st in operation past its sell by date.

gothatway

1,675 posts

107 months

Friday 11th January
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Dr Jekyll said:
Post offices should not exist.
My local Post Office (4 miles away) is the nearest place where I can get cash from my bank account. Nearest ATM is 5 miles, nearest branch of a High Street bank 6 miles (and then limited opening hours). Just as well cash is fading away, but you're right, it's an unpopular opinion.

StescoG66

1,008 posts

80 months

Friday 11th January
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Schmed said:
Murray's press conference today was just an embarrassment, keep it together man ! Dunblane clearly affected him badly.
You sir, are a kunt. Sorry.


98elise

13,480 posts

98 months

Friday 11th January
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Shakermaker said:
Dr Jekyll said:
Post offices should not exist.

In the days when they were the only places to buy stamps tax your car or buy a TV licence I could never understand why we couldn’t get stamps at shops, car tax at a garage etc. Thereby avoiding an extra journey to a depressing place to stand in a long queue consisting primarily of dithering half wits. At most you needed a place to drop parcels off.
Now you can do all those things elsewhere but the post offices still exist. Using expensive high street sites to provide no service that couldn’t be provided by existing businesses, yet still drawing crowds of the unorganised who want to use photo booths, buy sweets or just rant inarticulately at the counter staff.
All the ones around here now sit in WH Smiths
There is a Post Office/ Indian Takeaway in Moorgate (London). Very odd combo! smile

ashleyman

4,809 posts

36 months

Friday 11th January
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Agree about the post offices but it's a bit silly that you cannot buy postage online and then just drop it in any letterbox.

Unless they've changed it, if you want to send a special delivery signed letter you can buy the postage online but then you still have to go to the post office, have the letter scanned in at the counter and then it's in the system. You can't just buy postage online and chuck it in the postbox which I get for various reasons.

V6 Pushfit

10,011 posts

47 months

Friday 11th January
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StescoG66 said:
Schmed said:
Murray's press conference today was just an embarrassment, keep it together man ! Dunblane clearly affected him badly.
You sir, are a kunt. Sorry.
They said that on the BBC earlier, so it’s not an unpopular opinion.

Morningside

23,024 posts

166 months

Friday 11th January
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Live music is crap. 90% of the time it's out of key or you cannot hear the singer because they are drowned out by the backing group.

RATATTAK

5,297 posts

126 months

Friday 11th January
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V6 Pushfit said:
StescoG66 said:
You sir, are a kunt. Sorry.
They said that on the BBC earlier, so it’s not an unpopular opinion.
yikes

Frank7

2,143 posts

24 months

Friday 11th January
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RATATTAK said:
V6 Pushfit said:
StescoG66 said:
You sir, are a kunt. Sorry.
They said that on the BBC earlier, so it’s not an unpopular opinion.
yikes
Nice one RATATTAK, my brain was bouncing around like a pinball, trying to
think of a rapier like riposte to that, but you outthought me, well done sir!

Front bottom

5,455 posts

127 months

Friday 11th January
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Listening to the Stone Roses 'Stone Roses' album, and still don't get the Waterfall backwards track on there. Why did they bother when the rest of it was so good?

bristolbaron

540 posts

149 months

Saturday 12th January
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Dr Jekyll said:
Post offices should not exist.
I was only wondering the other day how much longer Royal Mail/postboxes will be going for. Collections only seem to be once a day now, rather than 2/3 times 20 years ago.

Bobberoo99

5,750 posts

35 months

Saturday 12th January
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gothatway said:
Dr Jekyll said:
Post offices should not exist.
My local Post Office (4 miles away) is the nearest place where I can get cash from my bank account. Nearest ATM is 5 miles, nearest branch of a High Street bank 6 miles (and then limited opening hours). Just as well cash is fading away, but you're right, it's an unpopular opinion.
Yep agree unpopular, we live in a village which itself is on a peninsular, the post office is important to both locals and local businesses, also we have family abroad so without a post office how do we send birthday/Christmas cards to them?? And before some smartarse says use funkymoonpig I want to walk into a shop and buy a card not sit at a computer browsing them!!!!

Grahamdub

1,512 posts

80 months

Saturday 12th January
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bristolbaron said:
I was only wondering the other day how much longer Royal Mail/postboxes will be going for. Collections only seem to be once a day now, rather than 2/3 times 20 years ago.
Most of our post is junk mail these days anyway. The only post I send out is birthday cards and I'm not sure why we still do that.