I work on the sort aisle, and almost every night this sort of thing happens to my area: Small sort shuts off the belt shortly before unload has its last trailers. Once this happens, instead of throwing the night sort bags down the small sort belt, we have to empty out the bags and sort the smalls normally. But it seems like within 5 minutes of the call that "small sort's closed!!!" invariably 4 trucks will pull up or 4 new trucks will be opened that must have 20, 30, or even more night sort bags. Needless to say mayhem ensues. The unloaders will usually dump the bags on the floor of the truck or on the grating by the irreg slide, and after they are done with the truck, will then start opening/dumping all the smalls. So as the sorters, we get huge piles of smalls, with labels up/down/sideways, envelopes piled up several high, etc..."death by smalls" as I call it, and this usually means lots of missorts because either smalls will fall off the main sort belt and down the bottom belts, or -off, lazy sorters will chuck the night bags onto other belts. Anyway, this usually completely screws up our split outs because we waste so much time sorting huge numbers of smalls that we can barely get to whatever PD we go to for split out and clean out the missort slides before the return belts cut off...so everything takes longer than it should and our pt sup was griping that our split out people are getting too many hours...well, what else are we supposed to do? This also means that we'll have service failures sometimes because we can't get the hot packages to the correct PD in time. So anyway, the point of my rant is, why the hell can't someone either let small sort run a little bit longer, to take some of the load off primary, or why is it that the trucks with huge numbers of night sort bags almost always seem to come in right after small sort goes down? It doesn't make a damn bit of sense.