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Old 01-24-2011, 11:45 AM
 
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First, I'm going to clarify that calling the Perrin-Beitel post office ghetto refers to the building, not the people in it.

Today I went to renew my son's passport at the Perrin-Beitel post office.
Since it's the biggest post office in San Antonio (I think) I thought it was going to be the nicest one and the one with the best service = wrong.

I go back to the room where they do all the passport work,
as soon as you walk in there, the first thing that comes up to your mind is "Am I in the right place?"
There was a room about 20'x20' with about 20 chairs for people to wait and a few tables for the the people that work there to do their job.

How ghetto is it?
- I don't think I saw 1 thing in that room that looked somewhat new. You find newer things at any Salvation Army or Goodwill.
- There was 1 picture in the whole room, it looked like what you would find at a dollar store (about 6"x6").
- 95% of the signs in that room were done by somebody there, printed and taped on the wall. Only 2-3 look somewhat professional.
- Even the "Exit" sign above the door was made out of something that look like white cardboard and was hanging a little sideways.
- The chairs used by the clerks had a piece of paper taped on the back with a note written with a marker that said something like "They belong in this room"
- Besides that.... they only have 1 person working doing all the work that takes about 20 minutes per person and there's about 12 people waiting for service.

Does anybody know why that place is like that?
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:46 AM
 
Location: SA/Pipe Creek
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Does anybody know why that place is like that?
Budget cuts. What pissed me off was last year when they removed the cappuccino machine.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:48 AM
 
Location: San Antonio. Tx 78209
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It's a mid 80s govt building meaning it's about 25 years old. The newer ones are nicer but the older ones pretty much all look like that.
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Old 01-24-2011, 11:49 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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I was on Perrin Beitel a few months ago because I didnt know the driver license place was gone and it seemed like that area has become forgotten about. Maybe I am remembering it wrong but I thought when I first moved here in the late 80's that area was known to be where the money is. Now it seemed kind of run down. Like I said, I am probably remembering it wrong, but that was the first thing that came to mind when I was there.
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:14 PM
 
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Well at least it's efficient for the most part, unlike the Henderson Pass one.
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:17 PM
 
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Budget cuts. What pissed me off was last year when they removed the cappuccino machine.
At least they will let you slide for two cents here and a quarter there if you come up short in your postage fees (:

And once a year they will even walk out to the curb and pick up your mail so you don't have to get off your car! How nice is that?
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:19 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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Maybe that room has been temporarily assigned to deal with passport applications?
Does anyone remember if there was a different room before?
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:23 PM
 
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After reading this thread the city council met to discuss the disrepair of some of our local buildings. This is what happened.

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A board meeting in City Council chambers focusing on dangerous structures in San Antonio was canceled Monday morning — and the historic room was evacuated — after small chunks of plaster fell with a thunk near city inspectors.

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The largest pieces almost struck a city inspector.
Falling plaster cancels meeting in Council chambers - San Antonio Express-News
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:28 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX, USA
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After reading this thread the city council met to discuss the disrepair of some of our local buildings. This is what happened.

Falling plaster cancels meeting in Council chambers - San Antonio Express-News
The irony of that meeting...priceless!
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:47 PM
 
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When they moved the Starbucks out, the place went to crap
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