"I think it's pretty crazy," said her boyfriend, Ryan Willis, an Aldi cashier. "Mail is an important part of your life."

The couple had stopped by the post office to fill out a change-of-address form after a recent move. Willis, 23, said the postal service's move to cut Saturday could hurt employees who need the hours.

"I think they should add Sundays," he said.

Stuart Strick, 62, said he understands why the postal service is looking to cut costs.

"I often don't get mail on Saturdays, so it really won't affect me that much," said Strick, a longshoreman who was dropping a work-related form in the mail.

"They do need to do something," he said. "They're in the hole financially."

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Timeline

December 2006: Congress requires the Postal Service to pre-fund 75 years' worth of future retiree benefits within a 10-year span.

July 2011: Postal Service announces plan to close 3,700 small or rural Post Offices (number of closures later reduced).

December 2011: Postal Service announces plans to close more than half of its mail-processing centers and cut 28,000 jobs.

April 2012: Senate approves legislation to allow the Postal Service to offer retirement incentives to 100,000 employees and recover $11 billion from pension funds. House does not move a bill.

Feb. 6, 2013: Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe announces plan to end home delivery of first-class mail beginning in August.

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