12 COMMENTS

  1. Shameful, but they ought to know the difference between shipping to Amsterdam and shipping to, well, anywhere here. I got a sample copy of FREETHOUGHT TODAY from the Freedom From Religion Foundation; it had a plain paper cover sheet (sort of like porno) proudly proclaiming the sender for all to know as …

    FFRF

    US Postal Service? Hope they filed a complaint with the Postmaster General – just for the heck of it.

  2. It is very serious if we have come to the point where we don’t even trust the post office anymore. You do realize that this is paranoia developing? :-) (Seriously)

    A guy who works in postal services, who works with 1,000 packages a day and 365,000 packages a year is deeply into a routine, he is tired in the morning, and he most DEFINITELY does not peek at the package name and do something bad out of it.

    • In reply to #4 by RealityVisible:

      A guy who works in postal services, who works with 1,000 packages a day and 365,000 packages a year is deeply into a routine, he is tired in the morning,

      Probably true. Except wouldn’t it be closer to 300,000 packages, allowing for days off and vacations. But then comes the unconnected assertion, complete with a burst of capslock:
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      and he most DEFINITELY does not peek at the package name and do something bad out of it.

      Have you a better hypothesis than the casual tossing aside or “overlooking” of the offensively labelled stuff by someone in the chain of handlers along the way? Gawd’s Will, perhaps?

      • In reply to #7 by OHooligan:

        In reply to #4 by RealityVisible:

        Have you a better hypothesis than the casual tossing aside or “overlooking” of the offensively labelled stuff by someone in the chain of handlers along the way? Gawd’s Will, perhaps?

        One possibility that I have heard is that the packages go through a scanner. When the scanner sees that there is extra writing on the tape (as opposed to the control which had plain tape), it gets flagged for manual inspection, thus requiring longer to go through the checking process. I have no idea if any of that is true or not, but it sounds like a reasonable hypothesis to me. I guess one way to test the hypothesis would be to send some through with atheist tape, some others with christian tape and some more with random words such as business names.

  3. USPS eh! Late delivery, what’s so unique and special about this? They should send them UPS or FedEx.The postal service isn’t very reliable. The shoes probably went through some bomb inspection, x-ray or something.

    The shoes are cute, love the trendy colors, but they need a few more types – sandles, etc.
    Fun idea

    • In reply to #8 by QuestioningKat:

      I’m glad that there are only a few comments here. Yes, this is a fun idea, but it’s a bit too fluffy for RD.net.

      I don’t know about this, this is serious for their business and if true, genuine casual evidence of discrimination. How would we respond if it was another minority group in the community being targeted (for example African Americans getting mail routinely lost). I suppose though for most of us atheists in the secular west not walking around with Atheist tattooed to our foreheads can usually get by without discrimination. I wouldn’t feel very safe walking around with an atheist T’Shirt in the southern states of USA myself though.

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