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Anissa (WVgrrl) - ,
Subject: My Blue Box Is Gone!
Date Posted: 4/21/2009 2:26 PM ET
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This is not really a question but more of a USPS grumble.

There was a blue USPS mailbox two buildings down from my office. I mailed all of my PBS books there (printable postage user). This morning I walked over to mail four books and the box was gone! I started looking around frantically for it and it has just disappeared! My boss says it was not there on Sunday when he tried to mail something too. Now I'm going to be in a pickle to get my books out. I ride the bus and there is no other blue box close to any of my stops or transfers. I can't get off the bus at a stop near a blue box or go the the PO to mail, since I would have to wait an hour for another bus. Putting the books in my home box for carrier pickup is not smart. The delivery person is very unreliable and usually won't stop to pick up mail if he doesn't have anything to deliver, even though we put the flag up on the box.

I'm hoping the box is just out for repair and it will be back in a day or two...

Date Posted: 4/22/2009 9:50 AM ET
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Collection boxes do get picked up and worked on, but generally a replacement box is installed when the original is picked up.  I know this because it's what my former FIL did for a living.  He was a maintenance person for the PO for 35 years, and was the guy who invented the special locking bars used inside some relay (green) boxes.  :)

If the box is gone, and a replacement wasn't installed, then it's likely that box was eliminated from the route.  You can contact the local PO for more information.

 

Date Posted: 4/22/2009 10:13 AM ET
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They removed the boxes from inside our building a few months ago.  They said it wasn't used enough.  Maybe they took yours for the same reason?

Date Posted: 4/22/2009 11:10 AM ET
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Well, it's not like they actually collect from blue boxes anyway. It's better to drop them at the post office to ensure delivery.

Anissa (WVgrrl) - ,
Date Posted: 4/22/2009 11:58 AM ET
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Very funny, Jen. They picked up mail there and you know it! All of my books mailed from that box arrived at their destination. Fortunately I have you to courier my stuff to the PO for me. :-)

Date Posted: 4/22/2009 12:15 PM ET
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I have no evidence that anything mailed from that blue drop box ever made it to its intended destination. It's all an elaborate ruse, I tell you! A hoax! A scam!

Hee.

I am always happy to be your courier. When you bring your books to me, I promise to mail them from the actual post office, where the postal workers sort them inton bins and then put them on trucks and move them about the country for delivery.

Date Posted: 4/22/2009 1:03 PM ET
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I hate it when they do that! 

Our small community only had two  (and no drive through at the PO) and I recently noticed that one of them has been removed...that's 1/2 our blue boxes gone!

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 4/22/2009 4:24 PM ET
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There was a notice in our local paper recently that they were going to be measuring volume of mail dropped in each of the boxes around town last week, and boxes that weren't used enough would be scheduled for removal. A few months ago they removed the one that was on a one-way street so you could drive up and drop things in without getting out of your car, and a few months before that they removed the one that was about 10 steps from my door, I figure they'll be pulling the rest of them out soon and we'll all have to go to the P.O. to mail anything.

You can find out if there's another box nearby by using the Locate a Post Office tool at www.usps.com

Date Posted: 4/22/2009 7:00 PM ET
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They did that temporarily to the one right outside my work, and when asked they said a blue box had to receive 50 pieces of mail per day for it to be worth its location.  My store's manager somehow talked them into putting it back, and ever since I've mailed EVERYTHING from that box (Netflix, bills, etc) to make sure we're keeping the volume up!  :)

Date Posted: 4/22/2009 8:17 PM ET
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The United States Postal Service should take the word service out of their name because the only service the "big boys" care about is the service provided the big mailers. A current postal worker who is not too thrilled with the current direction the USPS is going.
Date Posted: 4/23/2009 4:41 PM ET
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Strange. I too noticed a month ago that one of the blue boxes I drop mail in was gone.  Normally I put everything in the office mail tub that gets picked up but sometimes I send personal letters that I write at lunch or a patron called and wanted a book or information sent so I walk down to that blue box and post it.  Now I cannot do that, also another blue box that was in walking distance is gone too. It seems every blue box in the city I work in has gone and you HAVE to go to the post office to post letters *sighs*.

Anissa (WVgrrl) - ,
Date Posted: 4/23/2009 4:47 PM ET
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I thought that lots of people used that box, but maybe not. Maybe it was just me and my boss. I looked up the local boxes on the USPS site, which Cathy mentioned above. It isn't up to date, since they are still listing the one that was formerly near my office. Bummer. I suppose I will have to give my books to my BFF Jen to mail at the PO for me.

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 2:34 PM ET
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They moved our blue box out of the building's mailroom and onto the street.  Could they have done that to yours?

Date Posted: 4/24/2009 4:23 PM ET
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Are you able to leave mail at your company's mail drop? That might be a way to mail your books. I am able to do that at my current company, but at my previous company, no personal mail was allowed to go through the mail drop.
Anissa (WVgrrl) - ,
Date Posted: 4/24/2009 7:08 PM ET
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Jennie--The mailbox was on a sidewalk next to a parking lot. I looked around frantically, hoping that they had just moved it. But it is gone, I'm afraid.

Joyce--I was able to toss things into the mail buckets at one place I worked, but there isn't anything like that at my office now. We just have one of those mailboxes like you'd see on houses, where to top lifts up and the mail goes in. Unfortunately not anyplace I could leave a book for pickup. Actually, I'm not sure what our manager does with all of our office's outgoing mail. Maybe he used the blue box too,  since he noticed on Sunday that is wasn't there? 

Date Posted: 4/25/2009 1:03 PM ET
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I love that I can mail at my office (i use the printer there for printable postage...shh - don't tell them!). The drive-up blue box in my neighborhood went missing two months ago & just returned a few weeks ago - maybe the Home-Owners Association complained? Either way, I'm happy to have the two choices - you should mount a grassroots campaign to get yours back!

Date Posted: 4/25/2009 1:19 PM ET
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I think you need to call your PO and complain about the carrier.  If you have the flag up, they must stop, even if they don't have anything to deliver to you.  You can also go online and request carrier pickup, and they must stop, no matter what.

Date Posted: 5/6/2009 7:49 AM ET
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I feel your pain! I have had THREE blue boxes in our town disappear and so now I have to make "special trips" to mail books:(

Stacy

Date Posted: 5/7/2009 1:20 PM ET
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Someone explain to me the purpose of blue boxed on the RIGHT SIDE of the street? Unless you are carpooling and are willing to hand your mail to your passenger, or are on a motorbike, how on earth can a drive in the US use them?

I mean, I see how the USPS trucks (with the driver on the right) can pick up the mail from those boxes, but how does the mail get put into the boxes?

Anissa (WVgrrl) - ,
Date Posted: 5/8/2009 12:07 PM ET
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Someone explain to me the purpose of blue boxed on the RIGHT SIDE of the street? Unless you are carpooling and are willing to hand your mail to your passenger, or are on a motorbike, how on earth can a drive in the US use them?

Unless you are driving down a one-way street, the blue box will always be on the side opposite the driver. To put it on the driver's side it would have to be in the middle of the street. :-)

For anyone curious, my blue box seems to be permanently gone. I give my books to my husband and hope for the best. (He is very absent-minded.)

Subject: Schedule a Pick-up
Date Posted: 5/9/2009 10:21 PM ET
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If you go on USPS.com (pull down menus at the top), you can schedule a pick-up by your carrier without cost.  You get to designate where they are to pick-up from.  You could even schedule a pick-up at work!

Date Posted: 5/9/2009 10:58 PM ET
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Free carrier pickup is only if you have at least one Priority Mail package going out.

Date Posted: 5/29/2009 12:13 AM ET
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You can find out if there's another box nearby by using the Locate a Post Office tool at www.usps.com

Using this might a good starting point, but there may be more than display. The two I  use most do not show on this search. And they have each been at their location for 20+ years.

So you may want to also keep your eyes open around the neighborhood. 

Several of our grocery stores have a blue box near the entrance. I find that location handy as I can drop things off when I'm there to buy groceries.

Good luck.