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Subject: DC = Can't leave on porch?
Date Posted: 12/24/2012 4:03 PM ET
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Posting this on behalf of my sister in Tulsa. She has a hard time getting to the post offce because of her work schedule. For some reason, all package that have DC (just regular DC, NOT signature confirmation), the PO refuses to leave on her porch. They leave a slip and make her go to the PO which is difficult for her. Even packages from Amazon that specifically say on the box, "Leave if no response"

Is there anything she can do? They told her at the PO that it's "Shipper's rules", despite some of the packages specifically saying to leave if no response. 

They also keep scanning them as "delivered" when they're really just leaving notice. 

Anyway, I've shipped her several things for Christmas, and now they keep making her go to the PO to get them, ostensibly because of the DC. 

I like ordering postage online, and you can't _not_ get the DC. If I black out the DC and write "LEAVE ON PORCH" will that work? Or does someone at USPS just hate my sister and is out to make her life as miserable as possible? 

Date Posted: 12/24/2012 5:25 PM ET
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This must be the local Post Office. Mine leaves DC boxes on my porch all the time.
Date Posted: 12/24/2012 6:03 PM ET
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Have her call the Post Office and speak to the Carrier's Supervisor about this.  I would ask why they are selecting to do this.  She can request he leave the packages.  

Date Posted: 12/25/2012 12:03 AM ET
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Yes, sounds like a local problem...either lack of training or restrictions due to local theft issues.  As Priscilla mentioned, call and talk to the local staff...if that doesn't resolve the matter to her satisfaction she can make a complaint online at USPS.com.

The incorrect scan ('delivered' instead of 'notice left') would seem to indicate a lack of knowledge/training.

Subject: mail on porch
Date Posted: 12/28/2012 1:58 AM ET
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rules are: house has to be within a half mile of the mailbox.  There needs to be a spot where a truck or vehicle can turn around safely and relatively easy.  Driveway/walkway clear and safe for walking.(no ice).

Date Posted: 12/28/2012 12:20 PM ET
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There's a pet issue too, USPS drivers don't have to get out of their vehicle if there's a dog loose on the premises.  We have a (large) dog, so our delivery person pulls into the yard and honks the horn.  If we don't come out to accept delivery she leaves a notice in our rural box.  IIRC, our driver could leave our package on the porch if we didn't have the dog (which is more about driver safety than package safety).

Date Posted: 12/28/2012 5:10 PM ET
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Driveway is not an issue. It's a standard residential neighborhood with modest houses, her driveway is short. I don't think ice has been an issue. Pets are not an issue, she has just two cats who don't leave the house. 

Date Posted: 1/1/2013 5:56 PM ET
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Well she got my latest package left on her porch, go figure.