Who’s going postal now?

January 18th, 2015 · 58 comments

Emily in Pennsylvania recently received this New Year’s Card — only a few weeks late, and oh-so-charmingly decorated by the person who mistakenly received it in the first time.

Please deliver to CORRECT ADDRESS. You stupid mail people are constantly delivering various letters to WRONG ADDRESSES.  LEARN TO READ CORRECTLY.

“So seldom that a letter, among the thousands that are constantly passing about the kingdom, and not one in a million, I suppose, actually lost!”

—Jane Austen, Emma

related: This is why your postal worker is disgruntled.

extra credit: In defense of the post office [usnews.com]

FILED UNDER: going postal · high on highlighter · holiday spirit · way harsh


58 responses so far ↓

  • #1   LittleBirdy

    Darn, I should’ve taken a picture of the note my neighbors left for our mailman. I have the same last name as another person in the building, and once in a while one of us gets a piece of mail for the other. I just stick in their box, no big deal, but apparently they care more than I do cause they left a similar note to this one.

    Jan 18, 2015 at 8:31 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #2   Corviddreams

    I constantly get mail for other people. I also know my mail goes to other places… It is very disconcerting to see the Post Person drop a package off at the neighbors’ that you know is yours. Is there some etiquette involved to stealing your own package off the neighbor’s doorstep?! I finally complained to the post office when a certified letter was cavalierly dropped in my mail box. A) It was Signature Required and B) it wasn’t mine!

    Jan 18, 2015 at 10:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #3   Poltergeist

    The postcard defiler was later found murdered, their mangled body covered in a thousand paper cuts and a letter opener piercing their heart. Police at first suspected a mob of angry mail carriers, but they quickly concluded that the motivation just wasn’t there after learning that the mail carriers were all too stupid and illiterate to read the offensive postcard.

    Jan 19, 2015 at 3:35 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #4   Squiggles

    I get the feeling. 6 years later I am STILL getting mail for the previous occupants. Mind you, after the standard RTS – Moved x years ago, then moving onto Deceased!, I have just started throwing the items out.

    Jan 19, 2015 at 7:14 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   JoDa

      I still get mail for the people who rented in this building before it was converted to condos. That’d be about 7-8 years ago now. I actually had an exchange very similar to this over the holidays: got some mail for that way-back tenant, slapped it with an “RTS resident moved.” Got it back with “no frwrd be filed” handwritten on it. Circled that and wrote “then RTS, RESIDENT DON’T BE LIVING HERE NO MORE.” That was a couple weeks ago, and it hasn’t been redelivered, yet (it took a few weeks to come around the second time).

      Jan 19, 2015 at 9:53 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   TKD

      Shortly before our daughter was born we moved into lovely home. We still get an occasional piece of mail addressed to the previous owners. Our daughter will turn 15 this year. :-(

      Once we even received a Greeting Card addressed to the original owners of the home. They had been gone for 20+ years at that point. Someone does not keep in touch often!

      Jan 20, 2015 at 7:14 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.3   Sneaky Burrito

      I still get mail for the former occupant of my condo. On rare occasion — it used to be much more frequent. Or sometimes for her estranged husband.

      She is dead because he murdered her. In the condo. And he is a guest of the state prison system for life (without parole) and WILL NOT BE USING THAT TIMESHARE.

      Jan 20, 2015 at 3:46 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.4   MustacheHam

      I had my P.O. box for a few years, and still get the mail from the previous owner. However I did score a free ‘nice’ razor from em’. :D

      Jan 21, 2015 at 5:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.5   morgannagaia

      I got a jury summons. I was so mad, I couldn’t believe I had gotten jury duty.. Then I looked at the name on the summons. Former resident who hadn’t lived here in at least 5 years. I happily returned that to sender. Most of her mail is junk and it just goes in the trash. Waste of paper, really.

      Jan 22, 2015 at 10:23 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.6   buni

      I too, get mail for my home’s previous occupant and occasionally for my ex, who never lived here at all. I used to mark it all RTS, but that got to be a pain so I asked the post office what else I could do and they told me to put a note in my mailbox listing the name(s) of the resident(s) accepting mail at my address. That helped a bit. Now I only get a few pieces of junk mail a year not addressed to me.

      Jan 22, 2015 at 11:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.7   weiwei

      @burrito and it does not give you pause that you live in a condo where a woman was offed? and that you have been getting her mail? and the perp’s?

      this sounds like a twilight zone episode in the making

      Jan 25, 2015 at 3:10 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   tarn

    Tbf though, some postmen do seem to be illiterate/dyslexic. I often have to redeliver items to an address nearby because the postie can’t tell the difference between #11c x Road and #11 x Street. Totally different postcodes, too.
    I’m almost at the point where I’d write something angry on the next item and stick it back in the postbox, myself.

    Jan 19, 2015 at 7:47 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   jennifer

    several years ago we lived in house on a rural mail delivery route. most mail was addressed with only a name and “RR 1″, city, state, zip. My husbands name was only 1 letter different from another man on the same route. Amazingly, we rarely got the other guy’s mail.

    Jan 19, 2015 at 9:54 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #7   Jami

    There’s several houses in our neighborhood who have the same house number, but of course different streets. It’s not often but we sometimes get their mail and vise versa. Not too bad as we just give it back. But one time the guy decided to keep my package (a purse I ordered) for a couple of weeks – unopened – before giving it back to the mailman to redeliver.

    Jan 19, 2015 at 10:40 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   JoDa

      Maybe he was out of town, had a friend/neighbor take his mail in, and they just didn’t notice it didn’t belong to him? I’ve had to drop things RTS/forward after an absence, and I often feel bad because it’s been a few weeks since it was delivered. I expect my housesitter to empty the mailbox and drop it inside every few days, not go through it and handle anything misdirected.

      Jan 20, 2015 at 5:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.2   Jami

      No, he actually admitted he was home and knew from the start it wasn’t his. He just didn’t feel like giving it back. His wife made him do it.

      Jan 20, 2015 at 8:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #7.3   JoDa

      A hex on his head, then. :)

      Jan 27, 2015 at 7:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   BostonRed

    I learned that scratching out that little bar code on the bottom of the envelope means I get very few pieces of mail redelivered to me. Most mail never gets its address read by a human, so you have to interrupt the system to get things fixed.

    Jan 19, 2015 at 11:34 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #9   Lita bang

    Few years ago when we were in the Apartment of Doom, this happened all the time. Building across the parking lot kept getting our mail, we kept getting the mail for the people on the third floor of our building, packages regularly went missing…ugh. I don’t miss it.

    (Third floor people also didn’t like us bringing them their mail. I suppose they would rather have not got it at all, because it was so much effort to open the door and GLARE at the people bringing them their mail!)

    Jan 19, 2015 at 11:38 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   pooham

      A lot of people have trouble with manners and politeness. I’ve encountered many adults who have trouble controlling their behavior or are maybe mentally impaired (autism of some sort?) so they don’t understand how to behave decently in social interactions. It’s sad and frustrating b/c no one can even explain to them their ignorance without setting them off, so they remain the same. Have to learn to just let any unpleasant experiences with them go and hope for minimal dealings with them in the future.

      Jan 21, 2015 at 1:04 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #9.2   JoDa

      Eh, people are just rude. My neighbor gave me the death stare all the way down the stairs the other night when I knocked on his door (at the insane hour of 10 PM) to alert him to the fact that he had left his keys in the lock (3rd time just this month). I just felt his stare until I was almost out of sight and yelled “you’re welcome!” back at him.

      Jan 27, 2015 at 7:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   the cat

    and here i thought our office building had the worst mail delivery. The boxes are clearly marked inside and out with tenant names and still mail is delivered wrong. Sometimes we get mail for people in other parts of town, address not even similar (why would you deliver mail for 10 Smith St. to 309 Waverley Oaks Rd.?). Bills and checks often go missing. The one upside – all the office managers get to socialize daily during the great mail exchange/grumble about the mailman.

    Jan 19, 2015 at 3:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #11   Bitchy The Dwarf

    this happens all the time here. I remember just a few weeks back, everyone’s mail was precisely one house off. Left side neighbor got our mail, we got the right-side guy’s mail. Lord knows how far down the street this went on….

    Jan 19, 2015 at 4:59 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   mystic_eye

      Must’ve been “meet your neighbour” day.

      Jan 20, 2015 at 11:32 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   rushgirl2112

    People send New Years cards?

    Jan 19, 2015 at 8:23 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   TKD

      Oh yes, rushgirl. The Specialty Card Renderers and Poets Society has gained considerable political clout in the last few years. They actually co-wrote a bill that is in house sub-committee, regarding expanding the number of legal holidays to 94. It’s being proposed as part of a jobs package aimed at getting 20-somethings with Liberal Arts degrees off of their parents couches and into low quality, high rent lofts in downtown neighborhoods. It was co-written by the SLA (Slum Lords Association, not that other SLA). I can’t wait to get my Morse Code Day card this year. I always love trying to decipher the message!

      Jan 20, 2015 at 8:06 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #12.2   AP

      Yes, it’s a new thing for people who have been too busy/lazy to send Christmas cards, or for people who want special attention paid to their card (because it came on its own, not with 10 other cards!)

      Also, I know plenty of people who don’t celebrate Christmas who send New Year’s cards out in December, just because they want to reciprocate or keep in touch with business associates.

      Jan 21, 2015 at 9:44 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   assiveProgressive

    the google ad at the bottom of the page is for the postal exam study guide. Apparently, the post office is hiring!!!!

    Jan 20, 2015 at 12:23 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #14   havingfitz

    Mr. Postman
    Making me scream
    You are the dumbest person
    I’ve ever seen
    Told you 8 times that my name’s not Phil
    Please stop giving me his medical bills!
    Mr. Postman
    I’m ready to snap
    And I’ve had about enough of the crap
    Then it hits me, out of the blue
    You’re passive-aggressive too!

    Jan 20, 2015 at 9:10 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   JoDa

      Very nice!

      Jan 20, 2015 at 5:19 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   Stefan

    Plot twist: original recipient receives Cards Against Humanity’s Bullshit edition, compliments of USPS.

    Jan 20, 2015 at 11:14 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #16   mystic_eye

    It really pisses me off is that we’re the highest number before a gap of about 100 numbers and we get tonnes of mail for the non-existent addresses. If there’s no house numbered 421 then just don’t deliver it, what am I going to do with it? It’s pure laziness, they know it’s not our mail.

    I can deal with the crap-tonen of mail we get for the guy we bought the house from (who is deceased) even though the post office said it’s up to the discretion of our delivery guy whether to deliver it or hold it back. I don’t even care about the odd piece of wrongly delivered mail, I just take it to where it’s supposed to be.

    Deliberately taking mail that isn’t ours (isn’t bundled with the mail for our address), that isn’t deliverable, and making it my problem?! Fuck off.

    Jan 20, 2015 at 11:31 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #17   mutzali

    I live on a USPS “training route”. Subdivision was built in the 1940s. The east side of each street goes 320, 330, 340, 350, etc., while the west side is 325, 335, 345, 355, etc. I get mail for Patton Ave and MacArthur Ave and Bradley Ave weekly. Same number, wrong General. Not all my mail for that day, just one or two thrown in for fun. Like the government pension checks for the man on MacArthur.

    About the time the mail carrier learns to deliver semi-accurately, he/she is promoted to a “real” route, and we start all over with a new trainee.

    Jan 20, 2015 at 1:43 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #18   Kasaba

    I think the mail system over here is very efficient, and I continue to be amazed by how quick stuff makes it door to door.

    What annoys me, in the block of flats where I live, is when other people throw my mail out. The mail for all 6 flats, past and current tenants, is just dumped on the bottom step each day, and everyone picks up their mail as they come and go. Then we have bin, in which we throw junk mail and mail of previous tenants. I throw out mail addressed to previous tenants to my flat and junk mail, and ignore the rest. I expect everyone else to do the same. But then I find other fuckers sometimes throw out my newly delivered mail. Like today I spot a magazine of mine (always delivered on Tuesday) in the bin. Why? Why would you do this?

    Jan 20, 2015 at 4:13 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #18.1   L

      I wouldn’t blame you for leaving a PA note. That’s so rude!

      Jan 22, 2015 at 7:44 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #18.2   Hidden Windshield

      I wouldn’t blame you for calling the cops. That’s so illegal!

      No, seriously. Tampering with mail is a felony in the US, and I’m pretty sure it’s the same in most other countries (you said “flat” instead of “apartment,” so I’m assuming that you’re on the other side of The Pond from me). So, if it gets too annoying, take legal action.

      Jan 22, 2015 at 3:45 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #19   JoDa

    Almost as bad as a company I had calling me for a while when I had a landline. Apparently, the previous owner of the number had ordered something from them (pre-paid, from what I can gather), and they were trying to get in touch with him to pick it up. I kept telling them he no longer had the number, I didn’t know how to get in touch with him, didn’t even KNOW who he was, etc. Finally, I got “escalated” to a manager who said something to the effect of “I can’t remove the notifications from the system without the permission of the person who ordered the item.”

    Whoever wrote their policies must have been a postal carrier in a past life. (I just put the number on the blocked callers list and deleted the VMs as soon as the number was announced…true to their word, they called once a week for about a year and a half until I got rid of that line)

    Jan 20, 2015 at 5:25 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   C

      I have one of those email addresses that everyone else thinks is theirs, apparently. And someone signed up for Skype with my email address.

      Support said that since I wasn’t the owner of the account, I couldn’t delete it.

      Apparently the magic word in such a case is “fraud”, because when I attempted to confirm that I could not close an account opened fraudulently in my name, they got on it tout suite.

      Jan 20, 2015 at 7:21 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.2   hbc

      Me too, and same experience. “Fraud”, “unauthorized”, or “identity theft” gets you a long way.

      Though I did reply to a wedding photographer eventually telling her that I was sorry, but that her client was an idiot, and good luck dealing with someone who can’t even keep her own email address straight.

      Jan 21, 2015 at 2:03 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.3   JoDa

      I, uh, will keep that in mind in cases of fraud. In this case, at least the callers were polite, and didn’t waste much of my time when I told them they had the wrong person. Stupid policy that they couldn’t stop calling, but not exactly fraudulent to give a company your phone number (I got other calls for him) and then change the number. Plus, they didn’t want anything except for him to come pick his stuff up. No demands for payment, no possibility I could incur charges by having that number, etc.

      Jan 22, 2015 at 5:47 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Lori

    Yeah, I regularly get mail for people who no longer live at my apartment even though there is even a tag in the back of my mail box that straight up says which name is the only one currently at that address.

    We also have no outgoing mail box at our complex and our carrier refuses to take outgoing mail. When I first moved in I’d put mail in my mail box, complete with bright neon colored sticky notes on them saying “Outgoing, please take” and yet that mail would still sit in my mailbox for about a week, the carrier only sticking my new mail on top every day. So it’s trips to the post office any time I want to mail anything. Totally a First World Problem, but still frustrating.

    Jan 21, 2015 at 1:04 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   The Elf

    Yeah, I’ve got a bad delivery story too. I sometimes get mail – including important stuff! – for the house with the same number but a different street. It’s not even close to the same spelling, not like Something Drive vs. Something Court. It’s more like Something Drive and NotEvenClose Avenue. It’s also about a mile away, not even in the same neighborhood. Anyway, I always deliver it to the house myself on my way to work or when I’m out running errands. It’s only slightly out of the way.

    But I’ve never had them deliver anything for me, and I have had expected mail simply never show up. I don’t think they’re as nice as I am….

    I really save my ire for FedEx, who multiple times has “attempted delivery” of something requiring signature when I had arranged to work at home that day and was definitely home. I’m sure they never even turned down the street. It’s a quiet street – delivery trucks are noticed.

    In any case, printing such a missive is just rude. You have a problem with USPS, lodge a formal complaint.

    Jan 21, 2015 at 9:43 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   buni

      When I was in college, I took a city planning class and chose to study the city of Denver for one of my projects. I would hate to be a postal worker in that city. They have whole subdivisions where all the streets have the same name with different suffixes. Also, streets carry the same name if they’re on the same line of latitude, even if they’re not continuous. Boggled my mind.

      Jan 22, 2015 at 11:57 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.2   The Elf

      Oh, DC’s fun that way. Aside from the city being a grid with repeating letters and numbers (only the NW/NE/SW/SE is different), the state streets all run diagonally. So even if they’re not continuous, it’s still the same state street, all the way out to Maryland. In a previous job I did data entry and had to record the segments of the named street differently. I got up to 12 Rhode Island Avenues before I hit the border of DC. Sometimes the segments are only a block or so long.

      That must send the post office into a tizzy.

      Jan 22, 2015 at 12:40 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.3   JoDa

      I’m curious how you counted a segment, in that case? RIA is one of the more continuous streets across the city. Yes, I see where Logan Circle, and Thomas Circle interrupt it and therefore make it slightly discontinuous, but I’m curious what the other breaks are. I can see how some overpasses, where it changes to US 29 then to US 1, etc. could be considered a discontinuation on paper, but practically it doesn’t make much difference to postal carriers or drivers. Just curious how a “discontinuation” is defined.

      Jan 22, 2015 at 5:54 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.4   JoDa

      Also, I have NEVER once gotten mail for the same address in a different quadrant, despite living close to the middle of the city (2 blocks from the N-S divide and 3 from the E-W) for a couple of years. That is actually a testament to the work the PO does on a regular basis. Sure, it’s fun to point out these bits of stupidity, but with a challenging address rubric, uh, they deliver for me (?).

      Jan 22, 2015 at 5:56 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.5   JoDa

      Scott Circle. God, you’d link I’m some myopic little twit who doesn’t know what circle she’s riding her fixie through! ;)

      Jan 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.6   The Elf

      Check on the Maryland side. That’s where I was doing the tabulation. I just checked the map and the town where I saw the most was Berwyn & College Park.

      Jan 23, 2015 at 12:16 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.7   JoDa

      Ah, that makes more sense. My dog’s groomer is a little on the MD side of RIA, and there are a couple of circles/discontinuations in just the short distance between the border and her studio. I don’t find them confusing (probably a consequence of living here for long enough that I just shrug at a circle/square/jog in my way and follow the signs/my GPS), but I can see how they may cause havoc if you’re not familiar with the issue.

      Jan 27, 2015 at 7:56 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   Booksnhorses

    I live in Australia and we had one item delivered to Austria, then re-routed to us.

    Jan 22, 2015 at 3:58 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #23   L

    We used to get a lot of mail for the guy who has the PO box right above us. It was like one number off, and I imagine if you were new or in a rush, it’d be a quick mistake. It was funny, though, because I actually went to school with his kid, but they have such a common name I didn’t realize until I heard his name over something. Our town doesn’t do mail delivery, though, so you just stick it back in the mail collection thing and move on.

    We also once got a collection notice about a loan, like one of those payday advance places, with some random dude’s name and our address. Considering we’d had the address for a good 7 years, either it was really old, a typo, or he totally lied.

    Jan 22, 2015 at 7:48 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   beryy

    until I saw the check that said $5410 , I did not believe that…my… friend woz like actualey bringing home money part time from there labtop. . there neighbor started doing this for under 16 months and just paid the dept on their place and bought a brand new Audi Quattro . try this out
    …………………….. clck.ru/9QnhT

    Jan 25, 2015 at 1:14 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   The Elf

      I’m always a little leery of people who have in-home laboratories. Seems a little Rocky Horror Picture Show to me. I really don’t need to shiver with antici………

      Jan 26, 2015 at 12:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.2   labdude

      Say it!

      Feb 2, 2015 at 10:24 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #24.3   The Elf

      …..pation.

      Feb 2, 2015 at 11:58 am   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   Audrey

    I once had a single piece of mail addressed to my address but not my name delivered to me no less than 3 times. The first time I blacked out the barcode and simply wrote “RTS/AU” on it. A couple days later, the envelope showed up a 2nd time, with a barcode sticker over the originally blacked out barcode. I peeled off the sticker, circled my original note, and wrote out the actual words, “Return to Sender, Addressee Unknown.” To no avail, because a couple more days go by and I’m holding that stupid envelope again. This time I blacked out the entire name/address and wrote in red ink, “THIS PERSON DOES NOT LIVE HERE, STOP REDELIVERING!” before sticking it back in my mailbox for pickup. Come mail time the next day and the mail carrier knocked on my door to chastise me for marking out the wrong name, because “If we can’t see the name we can’t make a note not to deliver future mail to that name.” I responded that I would be perfectly happy just to not get that *particular* piece of mail delivered again, but my frustration appeared to puzzle him.

    Jan 25, 2015 at 3:26 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   Little Brother

      Ha! I used to get overseas business mail for a person who never lived at my address, AFAIK– somebody probably mistyped his correct address.

      I went through almost exactly the same hassle as you describe, even to the point of using red ink to get the carrier’s attention. FWIW, I wasn’t rude or snarky about it.

      I used to get my marked-up envelopes returned to ME, sometimes several days after I either left the mail out for the carrier to take back, or dropped it in a mailbox.

      Eventually this misdirected mail stopped– probably because the sender corrected the address on their own, or just gave up.

      But I was aggravated enough to ask a friendly USPS clerk about this when I happened to visit the PO to buy stamps.

      He told me that “RTS” and “AU” (even written out longhand) weren’t “correct”, and gave me an odd acronym to use instead– something like “PNK” for “person not known”, I think. Who knew?

      I should remember it, but it was a long time ago. Since the USPS clerk was being helpful, I didn’t press him to explain how “customers” were supposed to know this obscure magic acronym in the first place, or why the USPS would rather play “Simon Says” or “Mother, May I?” than use common sense and comply with a request made in plain and courteous English.

      Jan 27, 2015 at 3:42 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.2   JoDa

      I try to write things out in plain English. I abbreviated to “RTS” in my comment above, but I actually wrote out “return to sender, {explanation}.” When I know specific facts, I include them. If I get mail for the immediately prior residents, I write out “return to sender or forward, recipient no longer at this address as of {date I moved in}.” Not only is that informative for the carrier/PO, but for the sender if it gets returned to them. If the carrier/PO can’t make heads or tails of plain, basic English, too bad.

      That said, I still have to give props to the PO coming through when you try to work with them. I only moved a few blocks, so the same carrier covers both my old address and my new one. After complaining several times about my forwarding not working right, I now sometimes get mail, with my old address, without a forwarding sticker, in my box here. Our carrier is a good guy, knows me, and, apparently, once he was notified that my mail wasn’t always getting forwarded properly, is actually on the lookout to get things where they belong…

      Oh, and also on that front! In my old building, one of the residents died a couple of years back. Terribly sad, but all his mail kept coming to the building. So much that they sometimes just left it bundled in the foyer because it didn’t fit in the box (long illness, a lot of it was medical bills). I got annoyed at the giant pile of mail one day, so I stuck a post it on it with “this recipient is deceased, please return all mail to sender.” The carrier stuck a note in my box a couple of days later asking me if he had any family I knew of he could send a condolence card to. Apparently since the resident was home most of the time while he was sick, the carrier had struck up a casual friendship with him, since he’d often be sitting out in the yard when the carrier delivered. All I could do was direct him to the “memorial” page from the funeral home that was announced in the obituary (if the resident had any family, they weren’t very involved…his church cleared out his home after his death and I only saw a realtor around for its sale, and it struck me that it was mostly friends and coworkers at the funeral…young guy (well, young-ish, 50-ish), too)…

      Jan 27, 2015 at 8:18 pm   rating: 90  small thumbs up

       
     

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