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Byline: - Jason Kandel
After a frenzied weekend of late-season Christmas shopping, residents flocked to post offices across the Southland on Monday - what postal officials said was the busiest day of the year.
With 20 million cards and letters and 1.5 million packages expected to pass through post offices in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. and Orange counties, the U.S. Postal Service The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) processes and delivers mail to individuals and businesses within the United States. The service seeks to improve its performance through the development of efficient mail-handling systems and operates its own planning and engineering programs. assigned extra staffers to handle the crush.
``I was right in and right out,'' said Mary Elliot, a customer at the Canoga Park post office, who mailed checks to her grandchildren GRANDCHILDREN, domestic relations. The children of one's children. Sometimes these may claim bequests given in a will to children, though in general they can make no such claim. 6 Co. 16. in Ohio and Florida. ``It went real fast.''
Bill and Linda Dempsey stood in line about 15 minutes, waiting to send six boxes filled with toys and other gifts to relatives in San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. , Virginia and St. Louis.
``I was worried that this line was going to be about a half-hour, 45- minute wait,'' Bill Dempsey said. ``It was a pleasant surprise.''
While packages mailed Monday are virtually guaranteed to reach their destination by Christmas, time is running out.
Patrons who send packages across the country can still use priority mail today. Beginning Wednesday, however, officials recommend the more expensive Express Mail service for packages sent to the East Coast, spokesman David Mazer said.
``It's not going to get there in time if you send it by standard mail,'' he said.
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Mazer also offers some advice on ways to get your mail to the right place.
``If you don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. the ZIP code zip code
System of postal-zone codes (zip stands for “zone improvement plan”) introduced in the U.S. in 1963 to improve mail delivery and exploit electronic reading and sorting capabilities. , don't guess,'' he said. ``One digit off can send it to Minneapolis.''
Mazer suggest calling (800) ASKUSPS for ZIP code information.
He also suggests making sure each package and letter has a return address, and keeping batteries separate from toys or clocks.
``When it goes through the mail processing, it might start to make noise or tick,'' Mazer said.