…stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Francisco Collazo

So goes the inscription chiseled into the stone of New York City’s main post office on 34th Street and 8th Avenue.

But the economic crisis may well keep carriers from delivering mail, especially if customers resist the rising price (yes, again) of US postal stamps.

The price of a first-class stamp will increase to 44 cents on May 11.

And as if the stamp price increase wasn’t enough to make customers angry, the USPS recently petitioned Congress to scale back the postal delivery schedule, potentially eliminating one day of service.

So why are we writing about this on a travel news blog?

To make the point that the post office is a frustrating place for citizens and travelers alike.

In a recent Matador blog, Pulse co-editor Eva Holland wondered why a waiting group of customers at a New York City post office got angry with a clerk. Regular Matador contributor Audrey Scott wrote about 5 things a post office can tell you about a country.

What’s your strangest, funniest, or most annoying post office experience, whether at home or abroad? Share your story below!