Mailboxes

MailboxDid you know that U.S. mail carriers can give you a parking ticket? Well, not really. But they can leave you snarky little notes. Yesterday I went to my daughter’s house and parked on the street, careful to not block their mail box. I am a law-abiding citizen, after all. And polite. But apparently I Residential mailboxam not law-abiding or polite enough because when my son-in-law came home from work, he was waving a parking-ticket-like piece of paper and laughing. “The mail carrier is mad at you,” he said. The paper was printed with 19 infractions, complaints and transgressions regarding residential mail boxes and according to the emphatic and accusatory black-ink circle, I had broken No. 9: “The approach to your box should be kept clear of snow, vehicles and other obstacles.” Sooorrrrryyyy. Let’s get the measuring tape out, shall we? But what really got me was all the other 18 home-mailbox rules that potentially could be contravened, such as “No. 2 — The door needs attention:” “Nos. 5-6 — Box should be raised/lowered __ inches;” “No. 10 — The signal flag needs attention;” and “No. 18 — Your box should be painted to prevent rusting.” Who knew? The note goes on to say that the Postal Service might stop delivering mail until you raise/lower, paint or whatever. But what about all the dilapidated, rusted, dented, falling-down and falling-apart mailboxes I see all the time? Do they get snarky little notes, too? It’s like all the people who speed past you on the interstate and then you get stopped for doing 3 miles over the limit. Sigh. And then in related news — how’s that for former newspaper-reporter lingo? — I read this morning that the Postal Service is removing its blue collection boxes because fewer people are using them. Coincidence??? I think not.

7 thoughts on “Mailboxes

  1. JR’s gotten one of those notes before. Hmmmmm…..since moving to Texas he’s been in a lot of trouble with governmental types. I may have to change his name to Jailbird.

  2. Our mailman talked us into getting a bigger mailbox, and now we are nagging our friend to do the same. When the mailman brings the mail to your door, it does not hurt to be accomodating.

  3. Aha! That’s the reason the USPS is going broke. Mailcarriers are spending too much time writing citations.

  4. I happen to be a City Letter Carrier and most of us are “friendly” to a point. That point being safety. Most of the 19 infractions deal with the safe delivery of your mail. As for going broke, we are going broke due to the same reason the United States is, mismanagement! It has nothing to do with the hard work that most letter carriers do day in and day out.

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