Hopefully this won’t end up being another case of paranoia-fueled misinformation about what’s going on at the Postal Service. In the last week alone there have been freakouts about mailboxes being removed from American streets, mailboxes turning up at a mysterious processing center, mailboxes being locked so that they can’t be used, and mail-sorting machines being removed from USPS facilities. Every one of those cases had a rational explanation. Some mailboxes were removed because they were redundant, which isn’t unusual for the Postal Service. The mysterious processing center turned out to be where old mailboxes are sent to be refurbished. The locks on certain mailboxes in Burbank have been there for years, and those boxes still have slots for mail to be deposited. And it’s not unheard of for the USPS to move mail-sorting machines around to improve efficiency, as some facilities may have more of a load during a given period than others.
Lotta fear out there right now, fueled on the one hand by Democrats who want to leverage that fear for electoral gain and on the other hand by Trump himself, who happily admitted to reporters last week that he opposes funding for the post office in the next stimulus bill because he opposes universal mail voting.
Here’s a question, though. Are mail-sorting machines simply being moved around and/or decommissioned and being placed into storage until they’re needed? Or are they actually being *destroyed*? ABC received photos today of machines inside a USPS facility wrapped in yellow “caution” tape and partially disassembled. Is that suspicious?