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Money order embarrassment at post office

Published:Saturday | March 7, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Money order embarrassment at post office

Several days ago, I applied online to the Registrar General's Department (RGD) for a copy of a birth certificate for a member of the community. The cost is $1,500, and an extra copy costs $500, so I was required to pay a fee of $2,000.

The RGD has several ways to pay the associated fee, so my option was to pay with a postal money order that should reach the RGD accounts within 14 days, according to the instructions on the website.

On March 3, I went to the Morant Bay Post Office in order to purchase the money order. To my surprise, a postal clerk informed me that the only postal order that was available was worth $50. If I am mathematically correct, I would have been required to purchase a total of 40 postal orders in order to reach the amount.

When I looked at the time and energy it would take to complete the postal orders, I refused the service because it would be time-consuming.

Certainly, she does not have to help in completing the forms, and even if she was required, she was dealing with other postal issues. Without jumping to conclusions, I believe that Jamaica Post should print postal orders worth $100, $500, $1,000, or $5,000 in order to match our currency. If that situation already exists, the major post office in the parish should be able to accommodate a customer who was trying to purchase a simple $2,000 postal order without having to use up a total of 40 slips. It was more or less embarrassing.