BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – To help with the holiday rush, the U.S. Postal Service announced it would open two Bakersfield locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday the 16th. However, when one of those locations wasn’t open, patrons were confused.
The two locations promised included the South station on Larson Lane and the Stockdale Station on Stockdale Highway.
At the South station, USPS window clerk Joyette Perkins estimated about 40 people took advantage of their Sunday hours.
Elzora Sanders, who was shipping Christmas gifts, added, “You ever try to get in the post office through the week? Sundays (are) a good day. I love it!”
However, over at the Stockdale station, the doors were unlocked, but there were no workers behind the counters and the self-serve machine was broken.
“I was encouraged that I could actually get my shipping done today so I didn’t have to take off work during the work week–but nobody’s here,” said Monica Damian, who was hoping to ship a package. “I think that’s definitely problematic because this is the last weekend before Christmas.”
The postal workers at the South station said they were unsure where the confusion came from.
“We had several customers that came from that location to here and was excited to find that we were open today,” Perkins said. “I am not sure where the miscommunication came from,” Perkins said,
A representative from the US Postal Service acknowledged and apologized for their mistake. They mistakenly listed the Stockdale station as open when it was not supposed to be.