I had to ship scroll to the US, and honestly I was really dreading another visit to the post office. Memories of stamping postcards and overly personal questions buzzed around in my head.
I got to the post office, but it was closed. Hours were MWF, 2 pm to 5 pm.
What post office has such limited hours?!
I then remembered that there’s another post office nearby, so I walked another few minutes to reach the other office.
I walked in, and an employee in his 30s—wearing a suit and tie—addressed me, “Shipping something?”
“Yup. To the US,” I replied.
I passed him my passport and he typed my information in.
“Please fill this out,” he said as he handed me the shipping form.
I filled it out as he inspected my scroll.
“No text?” he asked.
“No text,” I replied.
“I’ll see if I can find you a nicer box for this,” he offered.
He rummaged around as I continued filling out the form. After a few minutes, he came back with my scroll wrapped up in a plastic shipping bag.
“No box, but this will keep it from rolling around,” he said as he put it on the scale.
“That’s fine. Thanks for your help.”
“If you’re not in a hurry, it’ll be about $17 to ship it to the US. Express is going to be around $50.”
“$17 is fine.”
I paid, got my receipt, and left.
What a difference.