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“Neither snow nor rain nor heat” … No, it was corporate that closed the Oakmont postal window

Wells Fargo bounces post office, declares community service undeliverable

By Paul Goguen, Kenwood Press editor

The post office that occupied the Oakmont branch of Wells Fargo for 50 years has had the swift completion of their appointed rounds terminated.

Omniscient wisdom from the corporate brain-trust at Wells Fargo deemed that the tiny postal window within their branch offered insufficient postage for services to the Oakmont community. Among the issues cited for the closure were that “Wells Fargo doesn’t do this at any other location,” “it is not in WF’s core mission,” and the likely sheer wonderment of a Wells Fargo regional executive as to why and how it even existed before his arrival on the job, perhaps seeing himself as the igniter of the Oakmont “big bang,” marking the beginning of all things analog, like banking and mailing.

Wells Fargo was founded in 1852 by Henry Wells and William G. Fargo to meet the demand for cross-country shipping brought on by the California gold rush. Soon after, they formed the Overland Mail Company, a.k.a. the Butterfield Line, and merged with several other “Pony Express” stagecoach lines delivering valuables of all kinds nationally. Mail service was, at one point, in the core mission of this company.

Golf cart traffic doesn’t seem to have diverted to the Kenwood post office as of press time. No word yet on what the diminutive space might become. Perhaps a closet, because if it were a dressing room you would have to go outside to change your mind. If you would like to express your concerns to Wells Fargo, you can do so by calling this number: (844) 931-2273.

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