A Tax for the unemployed on using the Post Office


Today I went to the Post Office to change back the money I had left over from Dublin, which was a surprise that I had any at all, but I guess my liver said enough was enough at some point. Anyway, I digress. I went into the Post Office during my lunch hour only to find myself in a queue behind the usual array old people and unemployed, all dawdling along in their own sweet time.

This meant I wasted around 20 minutes of my lunch hour waiting in a queue, for people who could have gone at any point that day as they clearly had sod all else to do.

It’s annoying. So annoying fact that I propose a tax on the unemployed and retired (jobless basically) that states they can only enter a Post Office between the hours of 12 and 2 if they pay a £20 ‘jobless’ tax. This should ensure the scroungers of the world are kept out of my way during the day.

They don’t need to be in there at that time, they can do it earlier or later. Just not when I’m there.

I’d also like to see a maximum service time for Post Offices. When you’re buying stamps to post a letter to your daughter who lives in Australia (who’s clearly moved just to get away from you) you don’t need 15 minutes window time to do it. 2 minutes should suffice. Don’t stop to chat about the weather (it’s raining, obviously), don’t talk about your daughter who you never see and no one wants to hear about your cat. Just buy your stamps and get the hell out of the way.

What do you reckon? Could my £20 jobless tax for using the Post Office at lunch hours work? Prove you’re employed, pay the tax or come back later… spongers.

Darren Jamieson, aka MrDaz, is the Technical Director and co-founder of Engage Web and has been working online in a career spanning two decades. His first website was built in 1998 and is still live today.

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One thought on “A Tax for the unemployed on using the Post Office”

  1. I would go further and ban them from post offices all together. Why should they be able to spend my taxes on frivolous items such as stamps. They should at least have to que separately!

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