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Post Office Packed with Holiday Shippers

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LAS VEGAS -- Holiday postal deadlines are fast approaching. Dec. 14 is the last day for standard mail, if you want to get your gifts to get to their destination before Christmas.

The deadline means post offices around southern Nevada are packed.

"I had to come get boxes for the cookies I'm mailing too. So thought I'd do it all at one time," customer Viki Kinnikin said, "These go to Reno. Then I have Texas people and Seattle people."

It is the true test of patience as many people stand in line to make sure their special gifts get there in time for Christmas.

"It is a little frustrating and I did a lot of Internet shipping from online but I did both," customer Kym Booke said.

It is only going to get more hectic, if you put off on sending your presents any longer. There are only four days left to send items by standard mail so they will get there by Dec. 25.

"For standard mail: Dec. 14. For first class: Dec. 20 and for priority: Dec. 21st and express: Dec. 23," customer relations coordinator with the U.S. Postal Service Ralph Langevain said.

Mailing Deadlines for USPS 

Not everything can be sent through the post office. Alcohol, perfume, cigarettes and smokeless tobacco cannot be mailed.

Customers are encouraged to use the self-serve kiosks to speed up their trips to the post office. The kiosks take only debit and credit cards, but people can buy stamps and mail off any package that fits in the drop box.

"On the back of the self-serve kiosk, there is a ruler. You can actually measure and put that in and it will tell you how much the package will cost to mail," Langevain said.

Not everyone has grown accustomed to using the tech-savvy kiosk. Some would much rather wait in those long lines.

"I'm still old fashioned, and I like to make up the boxes and still send them to my children," Booke said.

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