UWS Post Office Not Accepting Packages As Holiday Season Hits Full Swing


OFFICE IS NOT ACCEPTING PACKAGES UNTIL NEXT YEAR, PUTTING DELIVERIES IN JEOPARDY. WE WENT TO INVESTIGATE TODAY, AND THE STORY TOOK A BIZARRE TURN. Reporter: PAPER SIGNED, POSTED OUT FRONT, ON MAILSLOT AND ALL OVER THE POST OFFICE ON COLUMBUS AVENUE. WARNING CUSTOMERS THIS STATION IS UNABLE TO ACCEPT LARGE ENVELOPES OR PACKAGES, DUE TO ELEVATOR IN OPERABLE. I SAID WHEN DO YOU THINK YOU WILL MAIL THEM AGAIN? AND, SHE SAID — LIT UP WITH A BIG SMILE AND SAID AFTER THE NEW YEAR. Reporter: HE WAS TRYING TO MAIL HIS BOOKS TO CLIENTS LAST WEEK SO THEY WOULD ARRIVE IN TIME FOR HANUKKAH. NOW IS THE TIME TO MAIL PACKAGES FOR EVERYONE. Reporter: THE SIGN SUGGESTS UP — ALTERNATE POST OFFICES, 10 BLOCKS AWAY. MY HUSBAND AND I, THIS WAS FOR THE INSURANCE COMPANY, IT HAD PRIVATE INFORMATION. I WANTED TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPENED TO IT. SINCE I DIDN’T HEAR. AND I KNOW IT DID NOT GET TO THE INSURANCE PEOPLE. Reporter: I WENT IN WITH MY CAMERA MEANT FORECLOSED TO GET THE ANSWERS. WE WAITED OUR TURN IN LINE, IDENTIFIED OURSELVES AS REPORTERS, AND STARTED TO RECORD ON OUR CELL PHONES. A SPOKESMAN REITERATED THAT IS ALLOWED. YOU CANNOT TAKE PICTURES. HELLO? Reporter: WE ARE WITH THE NEWS. NO, NO, NO. Reporter: WHY CAN’T PEOPLE SEND PACKAGES? I WILL HAVE TO CALL THE POLICE. Reporter: CALL THE POLICE. THE POSTAL EMPLOYEE LOCKED THE DOOR. CAN WE LEAVE, PLEASE? NO. Reporter: WHY NOT? YOU ARE FILMING SOMETHING . Reporter: SHE CALLED POLICE AND MANNED THE DOOR WHILE THE LINE WAS BACKING UP AND CUSTOMERS WERE TRYING TO GET IN AND OUT SINCE THE POST OFFICE WAS NOT CLOSED YET. AFTER ABOUT 20 MINUTES, THE EMPLOYEE TOOK OUR PHOTOS, AND LET US GO. A SPOKESMAN FOR USPS HAS SINCE TOLD US THE PACKAGE EMBARGO IS

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