Holiday Gifts Shipped Out on Black Monday

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

December 19, 2005

Today marks the busiest day for post offices across the nation. Several people are shipping off those holiday gifts on what post offices call, 'Black Monday'.

Tis' the season to face long lines, at least that's what's in store for Tabatha Foster and many others sending off holiday gifts on 'Black Monday'.

"It's a long line, but they're going pretty. They have a lot of workers. So they're getting people in and out," said Foster.

Getting the early bird customers in and out has been a simply job here at the Charlottesville Post Office on Route 29. As thousands of holiday packages are expected to make there way here, lines and the wait are sure to get longer for people like Troy Buer, who is a self proclaimed procrastinator.

"I figured if I got here by 9 a.m. or so it wouldn't be too bad," said Buer. "I was expected to wait a little bit, but I'm ready to stand in line."

For those who rather not wait in a line or at least a long line, there is the option of using the Automated Postal Center (APC).

"At this time of year the line is going to be long and they do the best they can but this is faster than the line," said Regina McGovern, an APC user.

People who have not made their way to mail those gifts just yet, may have to call their loved ones and say "they are going to be late and they can open them after Christmas," said Buer.

The Charlottesville Post Office on Route 29 will open at 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., everyday this week.

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