Where’s the Post Office?

When is a post office not a post office? When it’s the one in downtown Statesville, evidently.

I walked into a big, institutional structure with a huge sign that read “United States Courthouse and Post Office” above the front door. There were two armed guards inside blocking the entrance. They asked if they could help me. I told them I was looking for the post office. They told me, a little rudely, that it wasn’t there. With the slightest trace of irony, I apologized for having been misled by the big sign out front. They didn’t look amused. I left.

FYI, the actual post office in downtown Statesville is about two blocks away in a dumpy office supply store. I guess I was just too stupid to have known that from the start.