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The USPS...

waterrabbitwaterrabbit Member Posts: 2,217
edited May 2010 in Off Topic
Okay, so it isn't REALLY their fault. It just goes with the week I've been having.

Sometime between the time I got my mail on Friday afternoon and Saturday noon, someone took out our mailbox. It's one of those apartment style boxes and serves maybe 20 houses. The post office says it was deliberate - someone hit it with a car. They've put in a request to have it replaced. This could take from 1 to 3 months. ARGGGGHHHH. In the meantime, we've got to go down to the post office to pick up our mail. And show ID and all that good crap. (Post office is a bit over 5 miles away - they say 9 minutes in good traffic, but that almost never happens...)

Found this out AFTER ordering Sharpie pens to go with my Amy holders that are already on their way here (but coming UPS, as I recall...) So, I guess I'll be spewing CO2 into the atmosphere just to get my mail...

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  • StephPStephP Member Posts: 955
    Bummer! I can't believe it will take that long to get it replaced! Sorry :(
  • waterrabbitwaterrabbit Member Posts: 2,217
    Well, when I called I got the sob story about how they've let so many people go that they've got just three people in the state who can replace it... Coming on top of the whole Verizon outage (which was probably cause by AT&T putting in cell tower lines to the water tower next to the neighborhood, but that's a guess) I'm just not sure how much more of modern life I can take.
  • rachellann_ID714rachellann_ID714 Banned Posts: 10,251
    Sorry to hear about all these things , verizon never had them and I hope that it won't happen to our internet because it is tied in with the cable. yes it is well known that if some thing happens to those mail boxes it does take a while to get them replaced unless everyone who is affected by it complain alot of couse in texas we had thes type boxes too and a drunk took it out we had to wait then finally new boxes but then it took two more weeks to get the darn key of course trip to the post office too much work to have the postal person drop one off on their route
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  • Angel135612Angel135612 Member Posts: 4,246
    Rachellann, it isn't that it is too much work for us to drop the keys off while we are on the route, the problem is, not every one is home when we get there. If we left the key some place unsecured, then someone could take the key, and you still wouldn't be able to get your mail, and someone else would be able to get it. If the carrier took the keys out with them, to give to the customer, and the customer wasn't home, then they keys wouldn't get back to the PO until we returned from our route for the day, and if someone went to the PO to get their key, they wouldn't be able to, because the carrier had them.

    While it may be a hassle, it is for the protection of your mail. You wouldn't want someone to have access to your mail, and get your credit card info, or even a credit card application (which seems to be in the mail daily) then fill it out and get credit in your name with out you even knowing it happened. It really does make more sense to have people go pick up their key at the PO, that way, you know it is there when you get there, and there will be someone there that can give it to you. If you waited for the carrier to bring it to you, you would have to wait at the house all day, to make sure you were there when they got there, and if you had errands to run or an emergency where you had to leave, that would be when the carrier got there.

    I have never liked the cluster boxes like that (NBU's - Neighborhood Box Unit) but they are a bit safer than having a mail box in front of your house where any one could go by and open the box and take what is there. But you can't control when an NBU gets fixed or how long it would take. If it were you own box that was knocked down, you still wouldn't get any mail until the box was fixed, but you would at least have control over when you fixed it.
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  • rachellann_ID714rachellann_ID714 Banned Posts: 10,251
    Angel I am not saying all are that way it what we were told by the post office in texas some are infact nicer and some are not
    imageimageimage Rachellann uses the Black Cat Cougar, Gazelle, Expression, and 34 inch MH871 vinyl cutter http://www.thymegraphics.co.uk/index.asp http://www.thatsscrapinc.com/ My Blog is: http://rachellsmanycrafts.blogspot.com/
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