At the Mount Washington post office last week, all three terminals had computer malfunctions. No one could use a credit card, because the computer system for credit card payment was beyond sluggish. It was not working. Two transactions were in progress awaiting the computers to sign off. Those of us in line waited and waited, until one woman offered cash for her transaction. The other had neither a check nor cash. When I left, she was still waiting, and the line snaked to the door.
As they say, the devil, and the Grinch who deflates holiday spirits, is in the details.