USPS announces no mail on Saturdays, customers upset

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The USPS made a big announcement today that could make a big impact on how you receive and send mail. The Postal Service said come August, the agency will stop delivering mail on Saturdays.

This news came as a surprise for some mail customers on the Grand Strand.

"I'm 34 years old and I don't ever remember it being any different," said Heather Dalton who said the mail used to always come whether it was during rain, sleet, or snow.

Clifton Musselman said he had heard rumors the USPS would be dropping Saturday deliveries.

"I knew it was coming only because I've heard of it before and we knew that the post office has been in problems for quite a while," said Musselman.

The USPS said it lost about $16 billion last year and estimates it will save about $2 billion each year by dropping Saturday mail deliveries. The Postal Service also said seven out of 10 Americans favor the switch to five day delivery if it saves money.

"I think it's going to affect a lot of people," Musselman added. "Even though it's not going to happen till August."

Heather Dalton dropped off some mail today in Myrtle Beach. She said this will cause headaches for people who pay bills through the mail.

"What if you mail your credit card bill on Thursday and then it ends up one date late," said Dalton. "You'll get a late charge."

Dalton also thinks the new change will end up costing more to mail in the long run.

"You've got your priority mail and you've got your express mail," Dalton said. "What's going to happen is people are going to start have to paying those high prices to get stuff quick because it's going to take so long."

The USPS said the new change will take affect this August.

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