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Subject: Gentle reminder: copy carefully!
Date Posted: 12/9/2011 2:53 PM ET
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Just a reminder for those who hand-copy the name/address when they send books...copy carefully! Got one today that had the wrong last name written on it, and my mailman said had he not been so familiar with me getting bunches of 'book shaped packages' he likely would have not delivered it, but sent it back. As it was, he rang the security buzzer to ask me to come and look at it to see if it was actually mine. Thank goodness it was my regular mailman trying to deliver it and that he knows me!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/9/2011 7:33 PM ET
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Very good reminder!  I used to hand write out some of mine until I got a new printer.  It is much more convenient to just print out the label but once in a blue moon I have to hand address them.  I try to always make sure I get it right but it is fairly simple to accidentally write the wrong name/address.

Date Posted: 12/10/2011 12:13 AM ET
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I've received hand addressed books with incorrect street numbers, another item to double check before mailing.  Luckily the local PO knows me and delivered the packages anyway.  I live on 244th Ave, addressing my mail to 224th may get Media Mail packages returned postage due.



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Date Posted: 12/12/2011 10:32 PM ET
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Date Posted: 12/13/2011 12:04 AM ET
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I am shocked that the name matters at all!  You can address something to Grandma Bell and if the address is right, the name shouldn't matter at all!

I send things to Uncle Bill, Aunt Suzie or whatever without a last name at all.  The mail person should be going on ONLY the address.

Date Posted: 12/13/2011 2:09 AM ET
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Now you mention it Cozi, I'm a bit surprised also.  We have a last name that is uncommon and frequently mis-spelled, I don't think much of it and we receive our mail anyway.

As a return address, I often use only our street address and zip code (no name, city, or state).  Frankly, that alone should be enough to return the mail if necessary.

Date Posted: 12/13/2011 8:10 AM ET
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I think the issue in this case came because the mailman was attempting to leave the package in the office of the apartment complex, and because the office people didn't recognize the name ("we have no tenant with that name") he had to wait to deliver until I was there to get it myself--as he said, he was pretty sure it was actually mine. (It was too big to fit in our mailbox.)

Personally, I DO wish they would look at name as well as the address...we have gotten tons of mail addressed to former occupants of this apartment, some of them obviously bills and personal mail, not just junk mail--but plenty of that too. I imagine the people never left a forwarding address for whatever reason. I kept writing "no one by that name at this address" on them and giving them back, but we kept getting them and I actually had to go down to the post office to ask that they please stop delivering other people's mail to us...and it still occasionally slips through. Annoying as hell!

Cheryl

Date Posted: 12/14/2011 11:58 AM ET
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If it's an office or certain Apartment or Condo complexes, you should use "c/o [insert resident/employee name here]"  when sending to a name different than the official residents/employees at that that address to ensure the best results.  

Date Posted: 12/14/2011 6:32 PM ET
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Right, that would be the correct thing to do...but it wasn't to a different person, it was just that the sender copied my name wrong, so the office people didn't recognize the name and refused to accept the package to hold from the mailman, which they normally do with any packages.

Cheryl