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LEAD STORY OF THE DAY:
Cerne Abbas Post-Office Counter To Get New Makeover:
by our Communications Editor Ray-Sing Pidgen
Rumour has it that the post-office counter in the Church Street branch of Edna's in Cerne Abbas is to get a new high-density mdf counter and possibly a refurbished perspex partition on its customer-facing side. Postmistress [could we de-gender that please [Ed]] Ms Penny Stampe said that the development was being greeted with some excitement, but added that, should it happen, it would take some of her more traditional customers some time to come to terms with the new design, particularly its much less open, security-driven aspect. "The smaller than expected "slot" cut into the 2" thick perspex "screen" will certainly be a surprise to and possibly an unwelcome feature as far as some of our more elderly patrons are concerend", she added, making it clear that the hi-tech innovation was not something she herself had suggested or even agreed to.
"I know we are now living in the 21st century", she said, "but does everything have to change, just because someone at head office needs to fill their time and justify their existence? We have managed perfectly well so far and the idea of stuffing a much-loved and possibly creasable gift through a sliver of a slot is deeply distressing to those of us brought up to respect the materials placed in our possession and still aware of the meaning of cystomer care". Ms Stampe is 84.
Not everyone agrees. Mother of six Ms Ville Adge-Byke [28-26-34] believes the new counter brings the dowdy post office facility firmly into the new century and will soon prove a boon. "I've had quite a lot of experience of the people stuffing things into slots. It's a knack and though I think my inclination makes me a natural, others seem to get the hang of it quite quickly if suitably supported. I'm happy to be on hand if anything gets stuck".
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