Broke US Postal Service finds money for elaborate party

Saturday mail delivery may be on its way out, but the U.S. Postal Service isn’t cutting back on their entertainment. According to a report by Mark Gongloff at HuffPost Business, “the thing to do when you’re broke is to throw an elaborate party.”

The Postal Service is hosting a reception, featuring Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, at the Intercontinental Hotel in San Francisco during a National Postal Forum meeting.

The over-the-top video invitation – estimated to cost nearly $8,000 according to the report – is small relative to the $1.3 billion lost in the fourth quarter. But the Postal Service could have appeared more fiscally prudent if they had used email or a quality paper invitation.

Perhaps afraid the event didn’t sound quite enticing enough on its own, the Postal Service produced a minute-long video invitation and mailed it out in a massive, 8.5-by-11-inch red box that weighs about a pound. Inside the box, which is decorated with a bald eagle in flight, is a sealed envelope containing a small electronic device that plays the video when opened.

The mailing asked about 150 invitees to respond to a website,, but when Huffington Post began talking to the Postal Service, the site was pulled. No comments were provided.

As if that weren’t enough:

Just for added annoyance, because the video invitations are electronic devices with lithium-ion batteries, you can’t just throw them in the trash. Tiny print on the back of the box invites recipients to research their local laws regarding disposal of electronics, or to simply mail the invitation back to Americhip. If you go the latter route, please consider sending it via the U.S. Postal Service. They could use the business.

See the video invitation here:



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