I went postal at the Post Office.

United States
April 11, 2007 7:54am CST
Okay, so maybe I wasn't entirely postal. I had a generic bad day. Nothing devistating, kids chaotic, house a mess and a million things that need to be done right away on my to do list. I need a passport. I got all the paper's to fill out we all went and got our photos done, basicaly I was compleatly prepaired, except for one thing. I didnt have an appointment. I didnt know you needed an appointment to use the post office now. I never got the memo. I call my Husband to leave work and meet me there, we all need to be there together, I guess so I cant take the kids out of the country with out him knowing. It makes sense but is a not convienent at all for us. I walk in the door and wait in the line. All is fine, kids patience running out but all is well. I find out I am in the wrong line, I should be through the door that says "Authorized Only". Right, What was I thinking. I go in and ask the man at the desk, who was obviously having a worse day than me how to get a passport. He snaps back, when is your appointment. I told him I didnt know I needed one and asked how to get one. He was so short with me I snapped back and we had this quick conversation that drew the attention of all in the room. I wasnt a mind reader and I let him know. He ad better things to do than answer my questions and so on. Anyhow, I now have an appointment next week, and in 10-12 weeks I will have my passport for my trip in 9 weeks. Plus my hubby has to get off work early and so we will have a short check again. I am frusturated by this whole process. I dont really want to spend the money getting a passport now, since we cant use it when we want to anyway, but I dont want to go through this again when we decide we need it next. Is it worth it?
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@lilaclady (28240)
• Australia
5 Feb 08
Oh that would have been frustrating indeed, it doesn't help matters when the people who have to serve you are all stressed out as well, I bet today you can hardly even remember the stress...
• United States
7 Feb 08
It is one of thoes times I will remember forever sadly.
• India
11 Apr 07
Well, you are atleast lucky that the system in your country is not corrupt. Out in my country, corruption is totally blatant. The officials frankly tell you to pay up if you want your documents delivered on time, or expect an extra-ordinary delay. The corruption is so deep rooted that it is hard to rid the system of it overnight. The anti-corruption unit swings into action every now and then, and order reigns for sometime, but it will be back to the old ways in no time. Don't get so hassled. You might even get your documents on time. Even if you don't, you will atleast have them. They won't be a problem the next time you need to go on a trip. That's the silver lining. God bless!
• United States
11 Apr 07
The did tell me to pay an extra 240 dollars to speed things up, but still I am very appreciative for my home land. All is turning out okay so I guess I should clam down a bit.
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
11 Apr 07
Hm, I didn't know that you needed an appointment for any service at the post office, and I too would have been pretty irritated with that, especially since I would have been dragging 4 kids around and my husband probably couldnt have made it. What a process, sorry you had to go through that.
• United States
11 Apr 07
I only have 2 kids but still you understand how hard it can be with any kids to wait in line. When you get a passport for minors under 14 both parents need to be there even if they are no longer together. It was a huge pain, and surely will be a pain again when we make it for our appointment. Thanks.