Checking your mailbox may turn into a five day routine. The postal service announced Wednesday it would stop delivering and collecting letters on Saturdays. Only packages and mail sent to PO boxes will be delivered.
This would mark the end of an era for the agency, which started Saturday delivery in 1863.
For customers, the emotions are mixed. "I'm actually disappointed, we get a lot of mail on Saturdays and now we have to go two extended days without getting mail." Terry Rich says.
"Like anything else, you have to adapt and evolve." Allen Herman adds. "If it's to save money, then that's what we need, something to save money in this country now." Wilda Hodge says.
Postmaster General and CEO of the U.S. Postal Service Patrick Donahoe said it's a responsible decision and makes common sense.
Since 2006 the Postal Service has reduced its annual cost base by approximately $15 billion and has consolidated more than 200 mail processing locations; included is the Sherman Avenue location across from the fairgrounds.
"It used to be a good middle class paying job and now a-days it's just not guaranteed." American Postal Worker Union President Dee Carr is disappointed with the decision, but understands the needs for cuts.
"They are very short on funds right now and if they don't do something, then they are going to run out of cash and it could shut them down totally until Congress does something." Carr says.
According to a CNN report, the postal service just got tired of waiting for congressional help and acted on this $2 billion saving measure, but this cut may have gone too far.
"You can't cut service, and expect to give service and we are the United States Postal Service."
About 125 carriers are located in the Panama City district, many of which could be affected, but Carr says we won't know for sure until the end of February.
A current congressional mandate requires the postal service deliver mail six days a week, so the feds and or unions could possibly step in. At this time, neither group has suggested such action.