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Store named 'Goin' Postal' stirs bad memories in Royal Oak

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With the holiday rush, so many packages are ready to be shipped via the post office, UPS or Goin' Postal - a new shipping center in Royal Oak. It just opened last Monday but that name - Goin' Postal - is already causing controversy.

"There's no positive way that I've really ever heard that term used," says Roscoe Woods. He's the president of the local American Postal Workers Union. He remembers that terrible day in 1991 when disgruntled former employee Tom McIlvane killed four people and wounded four more at the Royal Oak Post Office.

The franchise owner at the Goin Postal in Royal Oak did not want to go on camera, but says she only wants to be of service to the community and never meant to offend. Goin' Postal is a national chain and there are several other stores in Michigan.

Some of the post office customers Fox 2's Amy Lange spoke with didn't see the harm in it.

"It's a ploy to get you to remember that store and get people talking about it," says Chip Kipps.

"I think it's okay. It might not be the best of taste for some people," says Judy Logomarsino.

"It was a very, very sad situation," says Joseph Cleaveland, who adds that he thinks enough time has passed.

But for others there will never be enough time.

"You can never put enough distance between that day and today," says Woods.

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