By ROSIE WATERLAND
So… I have an embarrassing Gen Y confession to make. I know many of you will judge me. Many of you will worry about me.
But I’m certain I’m not the only on who’s been through this, so I’m hoping maybe a few of you will at least understand. But please know: I’m not proud of it….
I’m 27 years old, and I don’t know how to post a letter.
I realised my idiocy a few days ago when life required that I perform this complex, mind-boggling task. A form that needed my ORIGINAL signature (I put that in capitals because trust me – I tried to worm my way around the requirement for weeks) needed to posted, via snail mail, ASAP.
Fine, I thought. I’ll head to the Post Office.
How hard could it be? I’ve returned stuff to ASOS before. ASOS understands that most of their clientele deal exclusively in email, so they make snail mail easy – they give you a sticker with an address on it that you just stick on a bag and give to the Post Office people. What happens from there is a mystery to me. But ASOS emails me when they get the returned items so I assume it all works.
I looked in my envelope – no sticker. Hmmm. There was some letter that had an address on it, except there was no .com at the end of it so I was confused. I figured I’d just wing it.
When I got to the Post Office I had a vague idea of what I would need – a stamp and an envelope. But do people actually just buy one stamp and one envelope? Or is this a bulk-purchasing situation? I took a slow, hesitant walk around the shop. I eventually found envelopes, but no stamps. This stumped me. I figured it would just be easier to line up and have the Post Office people deal with this complex problem.
When I arrived at the counter the following exchange took place:
Me: Um… I need to post a letter
Counter Lady: (confused look) There are post boxes outside. You didn’t need to line up.
Me: Oh, I know. It’s just… I, um…
Counter Lady: (clicking in brain that I am another Gen Y idiot): Do you not know what to do?
Me: (trying to save face) What?!? I totally know what to do, it’s just, I didn’t have any envelopes at home so…
Counter Lady: There are envelopes on the shelf right next to you.
Me: Right, right. So, do you guys sell stamps in singles or…
Counter Lady: (over it, big time) The envelopes are prepaid. See that picture in the corner? That’s the stamp.