Computers, these days, read addresses on envelopes and sort them out for their destination. But when someone's handwriting looks like a doctor's prescription note, those letters go to a special place where their destination is deciphered.
A man in Emden, Mo., recently mailed a letter that he had addressed, in a scribble, to somebody in "Shelhjreille, Mo." That's the way his handwriting made it look, anyhow.
The letter was delivered the next day. Gary Oliver, a postal clerk 1,200 miles away, got it there. Mr. Oliver works in the Salt Lake City "Remote Encoding Center" of the U.S. Postal Service -- a room where hundreds of clerks sit in silence, day and night, staring at America's worst-addressed envelopes.
Remember: your shitty handwriting keeps people employed.
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