COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - The main branch of the Columbus Post Office on Milgen Road is hopping during the lunch hour.
Crowds into and out of the building, a constant flow of mail.
But some are hopping mad about the price increase proposed by the United States Postal Service today.
The most visible change is a two cent increase in the price of an individual stamp, from 44 cents to 46 cents.
"I find it ridiculous. Anything I mail has got to be out of state and for the price I pay for the product that I'm sending to my daughter in San Diego, I'm paying double that price just to mail it to her," one Columbus resident said.
That is a growing sentiment from regular patrons at the main branch.
These days, with the ease and convenience of paying bills online and e-mail, why continue to pay more to send correspondence by snail mail?
A term once used affectionately, now seems to be the reason for complaints, according to Linda Hinman.
"I'm really concerned about the postal service out-pricing themselves and making it too convenient for people at home to mail their own mail in other ways, Hinman said.
The proposed increase isn't just for a stamp.
Businesses would also feel the pinch, with advertising and periodical rate postage increasing by as much as five percent.
The USPS says it's a direct result of slumping finances, but that message isn't getting delivered in Columbus.