BG: In Canada, the cost of stamps just went up. It was 63 cents, and now a single stamp is a dollar, but if you buy them in booklets or coils, they are 85 cents apiece. And nowadays they are sold as "permanent" stamps (ie they don't show a monetary value, and they are good in Canada even if the price goes up). [end BG]
I found a bunch of old 43 cent stamps that I would like to use up. So two of those makes 86 cents. I wasn't sure if I needed to put a dollar's worth on the envelope, or 85 cents. (It's confusing, since they aren't permanent stamps from a booklet or coil). So I stuck the 86 cents on and since the stamps were curling off, I taped them down at one edge. I've done this many times without issue; I don't cover the whole stamp. (I have since learned that it's better to use a glue stick, but I didn't have one on hand). I went into the post office.
Me: "Hi, do I need to put more postage on this? I have 86 cents on here but I wondered if....."
Post Lady (PL): "You shouldn't put tape on the stamps."
Me: "Well I kind of had to, The stamps were coming off."
PL: "There shouldn't be tape on the stamps." (A bit of a stern dressing down about tape ensues....) "tape is bad, blah blah blah you shouldn't have tape on the stamps..."
Me: (abruptly bypassing further tape discussion) "So do I need to put more postage on this? There's 86 cents on there now but is it supposed to be a dollar? If so I'd like to buy the 14 cents' worth of stamps.
The look on her face suggested she thought I was rude to bean-dip her in this way and reiterate my actual question. She was a bit snippy with me, though I pleased and thanked and kept my tone courteous throughout the transaction. Was I rude?