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So I have never been a huge MSer.  But over the past few months, I have done a fair bit of it, and as a consequence, I have been spending more time at my local neighborhood post office, buying money orders.

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Buying money orders at the post office

I’ve been to a few different post offices depending on where my travels have taken me, and have had different experiences depending on where I’ve been.  Before today, I had never been refused money orders, though I certainly had been met with a healthy serving of skepticism at certain locations.

Today, they lied to my face

So today I went back to a post office that I had previously bought money orders at last week. I wait in a longish line and get up to the same cashier i bought MOs from last week.  I tell her i want 6 MOs.  i had brought the form with me to try to be helpful.  This was a mistake as she was like “what is this?”  (Mental response in my head: “This is YOUR form from YOUR website”)

She asks if i’m paying with “those gift cards” again and wants to see my cards.  She goes into the back for like 10 minutes, and then she drops the whammy on me and says (no joke, and without looking for them) “I don’t have any money orders”.

I can tell she’s lying but i don’t know what good it does to call her out on it – at that point, I was still hoping to not burn the place as a potential spot.

Then, pure comedy gold ensues

But then, in an outburst of comedic gold, the cashier next to her says “You don’t have any money orders? did you tell the manager?  you’re supposed to tell her in advance”.  Then she says “oh I have some money orders – I can take care of you”.  The whole time the 1st cashier is shooting her death looks like “ix-nay on the oney orders-may!”  

So i have to wait for the 2nd cashier to finish which takes awhile, then I tell her i want 6 money orders for $988.50.  Then she starts asking me questions about it, and I answer truthfully and in normal conversation, but eventually she says she doesn’t want to do it.  We talk for a bit and eventually she says the manager will talk to me.  I wait again, and then talk to the manager, and she said that they sold it to me last time but they got in trouble and says that “they” told her that i should go down to the main branch blah blah blah fraud.

Was it really a lie?

Obviously I can’t say 100% that she was lying, but a) it certainly seems suspicious that she would suddenly realize that she has no money orders after returning from the back room (without looking back at her station, which is where the MOs are kept).  My suspicion is that the manager told her to say that to get me to go away, not realizing that the other cashier would (helpfully!) pipe up.

I’m sure it would have been cathartic to call them out on their lie, but I just went home.

Ever had a post office (or other) worker straight up lie to your face?

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