Wow, I thought I was the only one who gives crazy directions but it turns out folks in Costa Rica have been copying my system all these years of directing people to locations using not addresses, but directions such as “a miles from the gas station” or “across from the school.” Apparently the country doesn’t name streets and homes don’t have addresses. It’s been estimated this is costing the country hundreds of millions of dollars in lost revenue though. For instance, a quarter of sent mail is returned as undeliverable. So why’s it taking so long to fix such an inconvenient system? The Wall Street Journal talks about the pros and cons of this system.
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