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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise 1121

Posted by Soulskill
from the heathens-don't-need-shoes dept.
fish waffle writes "Suspecting that their strongly branded 'Atheist' products may be treated differently by more religiously-oriented postal regions, Kickstarter success Atheist Shoes conducted an experiment. They sent 178 packages to 89 people in different parts of the U.S., each person receiving one package prominently branded as 'Atheist' merchandise, and one not. The results: packages with the atheist label were nearly 10 times more likely to be 'lost,' and took on average 3 days longer to show up when they did. Control experiments were also done in Europe and Germany — it's definitely a USPS problem."
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USPS Discriminates Against 'Atheist' Merchandise

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  • Maybe... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @03:32AM (#43288941)

    Maybe they are simply falling prey to Acts of God.

    • Re:Maybe... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by gl4ss (559668) on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @03:34AM (#43288951) Homepage Journal

      is it an act of god if it's an act by a god warrior?

      (technically I suppose it is, since everything is if you're into that kind of thinking).

      makes those losing the packages pretty lousy christians though. USPS should run a sting on them.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Why would God make USPS look like they're doing it?
      If it was God, this would happen everywhere.
      Maybe God hates USPS.

    • Re:Maybe... (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Eraesr (1629799) on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @06:32AM (#43289689) Homepage
      I wonder what would've happened if they labeled the box as containing religious items rather than "atheist".
  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @03:33AM (#43288943)

    What the hell is an atheist product? Practically everything is an atheist product.

    • by zAPPzAPP (1207370) on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @03:59AM (#43289021)

      Something with good enough QA that you do not need to pray it keeps working.

    • by jandersen (462034) on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @04:01AM (#43289029)

      It's a brand, mostly shoes. Here's a link:

      http://www.atheistberlin.com/ [atheistberlin.com]

    • by Aranykai (1053846)

      Its a brand of shoes for hipsters. You know, the ones wearing skinny jeans with the cuff rolled up and no socks? Tis a shame really, look like pretty well made shoes.

    • by bfandreas (603438) on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @04:56AM (#43289255)
      Most products are agnostic, really.
      but these are shoes. they can go to either heaven or hell 'cause they've got soles.

      Kudos to Red Dwarf.
      • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @06:41AM (#43289739)

        Lister: Sometimes, I think it's cruel giving machines a personality. My mate Petersen once bought a pair of shoes with Artificial Intelligence. 'Smart Shoes' they were called. It was a neat idea. No matter how blind drunk you were, they could always get you home. But he got rattled one night in Oslo and woke up the next morning in Burma. You see, his shoes got bored going from his local to his flat. They wanted to see the world, you know. He had a hell of a job getting rid of them. No matter who he sold them to, they'd show up again the next day. He tried to shut them out, but they just kicked the door down.

        Rimmer: Is this true?

        Lister: Yeah. The last thing I heard, they sort of... robbed a car and drove it into a canal. They couldn't steer, you see.

        Rimmer: Really?

        Lister: Yeah. Petersen was really, really blown away about it. He went to see a priest. The priest told him... he said it was alright and all that, when shoes are happy that they'd get into heaven. You see, it turns out shoes have 'soles'.

        Rimmer: Ah, what a sad story. Wait a minute.

        [Thinks for a minute]

        Rimmer: How did they open the car door?

  • by moderators_are_w*nke (571920) on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @03:44AM (#43288981) Journal

    Need to post some boxes that say 'contains god' and see if it gets there quicker than the control.

  • by Kyd_A (243948) on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @03:55AM (#43289009)

    Sounds more like a USA problem than a USPS problem, this being an outlier of religious beliefs among wealthy nations [pewglobal.org]. Atheist Shoes needed to send packages via FedEx and UPS in the same way to actually test this, and apparently didn't.

  • by largoyle (1211804) on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @03:59AM (#43289023)
    Does that mean ... they have no sole?
  • Tracking devices... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @04:04AM (#43289043)

    It would be really interesting to do this experiment with tracking devices that logged their GPS locations periodically over 3G, and had multiple week-long battery life. The 'lost' packages could be tracked and it could be determined where they ended up. Mail fraud is a federal crime, but if it became a big national story with media shining light on the person(s) who were caught doing it, then it would likely result in some change, people going to prison, and the system improving to better serve the recipients of packages.

  • Europe and Germany? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by phizi0n (1237812) on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @04:20AM (#43289115)

    Is Germany suddenly no longer part of Europe?

  • by Smidge204 (605297) on Wednesday March 27, 2013 @05:12AM (#43289355) Journal

    Anyone who's ever actually sent a package through USPS should know that they explicitly recommend you destroy or cover any non-USPS related markings or labels, explaining that it may lead to delays or failure to deliver.

    =Smidge=

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