I have owned and lived in my place for a number of years, so I was surprised to receive what appeared to be a check from the IRS in my mailbox that had my address but was not addressed to me. Being the kind of person I am, I thought I would do the right thing and return it directly to the IRS at their office at some point in my travels around town.
I put a stop to return the envelope on my agenda at the first opportunity, which turned out to be yesterday. I thought I would just stop by, give it a few minutes of my time and make sure it got back to the IRS directly. I thought I was just doing the right thing.
So, on my way between stops, I drove a little out of my way to the IRS office and hopped out to drop the envelope. I expected to move quickly to my next stop. But wait!! This is the IRS who says they are interested in customer service, but not so interested that they actually do any customer service, right?!? Right.
I disarmed and secured my firearm before I entered the building in order to get in and out without any hassles. I went into the office and stepped up to the receptionist. I quickly explained that I received this envelope in error and wished to return it to them. Instead of just taking the envelope and thanking me, the receptionist tells me she can’t take it and gives me a number.
I have to sit down and wait to talk to an IRS agent to return a piece of mail that they sent to me in error? Seriously?? And how long is the wait? Oh, only about 30 minutes, because, obviously, my time is not important. And me without a book and 30 minutes to waste! Of course, that makes a whole lot of sense, doesn’t it? Sure!
Those of you, who know me, know exactly how I reacted! I was out of the building with the damned envelope, which I should have just left on the damned counter, with my mouth spewing all kinds of derogatory remarks about illogic and lack of customer service from the idiotic governmental agencies, etc.
The bottom line is that the next time I’m near a post office box, I’ll drop the envelope in the mail to be returned to sender and never bother to attempt to do the IRS a favor again.