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Subject: PO said I can't leave packages in my mailbox
Date Posted: 11/14/2007 11:44 AM ET
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My PO called me and told me that I am not allowed to leave packages in my mailbox unless they are express or priority.  I am so confused.  They were irritated that I was using online postage and then taking the packages to the PO b/c it was using "counter worker" time to hand them over.  So, I swtitched from paypal to pbs postage.  Now they say I can't mail them from my mailbox.  Mind you, we live in the country even so it's not like I expect the carrier to carry my package.

So, what should I do?  I just don't really want to pay the extra fee for printable postage and then have to go to the PO anyway and have them mad there.  Definitely can't afford to mail things priority.  I just can't make the PO any way I go about it.  ug  I thought the whole point of printable postage was to eliminate going to the PO.  Guess I am wrong again. 

You think my PO would be happy.  Before PBS I never really mailed anything b/c I even pay all my bills online.  I have spent tons sending books since May.  Really you think they would be glad I was mailing something.

Any ideas?

Date Posted: 11/14/2007 12:37 PM ET
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What is the "logic" they are using to justify this?  Because you could hand them a copy of their own regulations regarding the 13 ounce rule if you need to.  Beyond that, I'd make a formal complaint to your PO's supervisor (or whoever is over that person if you have to).

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 11/14/2007 12:40 PM ET
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They are not required to pick up packages from your mailbox without a scheduled pickup. You can schedule a pickup online if at least one of your packages is express or priority, then they should (have to?) take the rest as well.

If you use printable postage, you do not have to hand the package over the counter. You can drop it in a blue box at the Post Office or on a street corner.

Date Posted: 11/14/2007 1:05 PM ET
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what extra fees are there with printable postage?  I've never noticed this before. 

Date Posted: 11/14/2007 4:43 PM ET
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Can you drop them in a blue box?  My mail carrier won't take things from my box unless I schedule a pickup (and have at least one priority item)

Date Posted: 11/14/2007 5:17 PM ET
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The carrier wouldn't even take my first class mail I had in there today.  It was only one envelope.  Guess I can't mail anything from home anymore.   :0(

Date Posted: 11/14/2007 6:26 PM ET
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Drop them in any blue collection box then.  As long as they have online postage on them, it doesn't matter if they're over 13 oz.

Date Posted: 11/14/2007 10:14 PM ET
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My mailman wont' pick up anything but a letter and he fusses about those!        IF I have a priority box and schedule a pick up, he'll pick up ONLY that box and no others.       But then - he's an A**hole and everyone on his route knows it.

Thank goodness - the people in our PO are exactly the opposite!! They are so helpful and friendly.  Makes waiting in line not such a pain when you watch them trying to help the ones in front of you.

T. -
Date Posted: 11/15/2007 2:12 AM ET
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Geez....what a bunch of whiny postal carriers!  My mail lady picks up anything I put out.  If I get boxes bigger than my box or too many she brings them all the way up the driveway (at least a 1/4 mile) and puts them on the front porch.  She's always cheerful and never complains.  If you aren't supposed to send mail from your mailbox then why do they come with a little red flag? 

The closest blue box from my house is over 5 miles.  I'd be ticked if I had to drive it to mail all my packges.  I'd only mail once a week.

Date Posted: 11/15/2007 9:53 AM ET
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Goodness! We never have trouble with our full-time carrier. They can't keep a part time carrier so we are always having problems on the full-time guy's days off (Tues and Sat) but the rest of the week our service is great. He'll take anything I leave in the box, no problem. He brings my mail up and leaves it in my car if it won't fit in the box or if it is raining. Some days if I'm out there when he arrives he'll even stop and chat for a while.

And I know about needing one Priority item to schedule a pickup, but I didn't think that applied to leaving first class envelopes in your mailbox, for crying out loud!

Date Posted: 11/15/2007 5:13 PM ET
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This is making me really apreciate my mail carrier.  Our mail boxes are grouped together kind of in the middle of 2 houses halfway down the street. There is a mail box designated for outgoing mail.  The only time I put mail in there is when I have a book order that's too big for the blue box.  I use the PBS postage and I never have a problem.  I started using the PBS postage because the 2 ladies at the most convenient post office to me had no idea what they were doing. I've had a very active book shelf and they went into a tizzy everytime I came in with more than a couple books to mail. Ugh.  They always seemed to overcharge me. 

Date Posted: 11/15/2007 6:47 PM ET
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I was at the Post Office yesterday and asked a question about having a priority box picked up.  She said "Is your mailman Bob?" (completely made up name)   When I said yes, she said it'd just be easier if I bought it in to the post office.   So they are aware he's not very friendly also.

Date Posted: 11/15/2007 7:19 PM ET
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My postal carrier is terrific too.  We do a lot of mail order and online buying.  He always brings stuff up and puts it on the porch even though he's got to get out of his truck to do it.

I usually drop outgoing stuff in a blue collection box because I drive by one every day and it's easy to swing in the parking lot and drop stuff in it.  I don't trust outgoing mail to my mailbox, I'm too paranoid it's going to get stolen.

Date Posted: 11/16/2007 9:31 AM ET
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this is why I am every so thankful to have a wonderful mail carrier and a PO right down the street and on my way to work and pretty much every where.  I can swing by and use the APC to buy postage at any time of the day and not have to wait in line.

Date Posted: 11/16/2007 12:36 PM ET
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It seems like this thread answers that recurring question about why we're given five days to mail!  Thanks for the reminder that not everyone is able to just pop a book in their mailbox to send shortly after getting an order.  And I'm really sorry you have to deal with such an uncooperative carrier.

Date Posted: 11/16/2007 3:46 PM ET
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My postal carrier won't even pick up the stuff he delivered to the WRONG address......and it happens at least once a week. 

T. -
Date Posted: 11/16/2007 10:09 PM ET
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Cozette, can't you just leave a banana peel on the sidewalk like they used to do in the old movies?

Date Posted: 11/17/2007 10:39 AM ET
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Oh Tammy - you don't know HOW tempted I am!!   But he's the type to sue you if you look at him!   I often spend time dreaming up schemes to "get him."  lol           The most madding thing is that he "drops" my packages over the fence even if husband or I are in sight in the yard.   <sigh>   

Date Posted: 11/17/2007 7:17 PM ET
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I am at work when my mail is delivered.  I don't even know for sure if it is a he or a she.  Anytime I leave package or mail out it is picked up.  The one time a package wasn't was when it was over 13 oz......and it wasn't my package! It sat there for two days, and finally I brought it in and weighed it...it was 14. something!



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Date Posted: 11/19/2007 4:59 AM ET
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Wow, when I started buying postage from the computer, I talked to my mailman, and told him what I was doing.   He said I could just put the packages in the mailbox.   I did that for awhile, but mostly I drive them to the P.O., because I have the impression (probably wrong) that they get shipped faster.  

Date Posted: 11/19/2007 12:22 PM ET
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I am a Rural Mail Carrier.  I pick up anything that meets the postal service requirements. If you have something weighing over 13 oz and the postage is computer generated I will pick it up, whether it be media mail, first class or priority..It is our job to do so..If your carrier is refusing to pick up anything out of your box that is computer generated, then he is not doing his job. And If you have given your carrier permission to leave parcels for you in a safe place at your home, then he must deliver them (unless it needs a signature and you are not home).  That is our job..Customer Service...Sounds to me like someone is not doing their job and their supervisor should be informed.  Its carriers like that, that give the Postal Service a bad reputation..Most of us, love our job and enjoy providing the services we offer..If you can do a computer generated "Carrier pickup" it helps, but if not and it will fit in your box or you meet your carrier at the box with computer generated postage, he should not refuse to pick it up.  Please dont judge us all by a few lazy carriers, most of us want to please you..A lot of carriers feel unappreciated by their customers. But I feel like if I go out on my route with a good attitude and friendly disposition, most residents are very nice and accomidating.

Date Posted: 11/20/2007 9:26 AM ET
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My mail lady won't pick up ANYTHING from my mailbox.   I don't usually mail anything from it, so I never noticed.  My DH bought a new car and along with that came that stupid payment  <can't pay it online>, so in the mailbox it goes.  It sat there for 3 days, good thing I checked the mail.  My kids wouldn't even tell me it was there.

The PO here isn't too bad.  We always have long lines.  One worker is about TOO happy to be working there.  He's fun to get though.  He'll help you out in anyway possible, even covering up 'media mail' with a blank sticker and stamping it 'first class' <when it's cheaper.

 

I SERIOUSLY thought it was the mailman's duty to pick up the mail from the mailboxes.  Maybe they just deliver mail.????

Date Posted: 11/20/2007 3:31 PM ET
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Tammy - would you like to be my mail carrier? :) You sound like someone who puts a lot of effort into the job and I bet the people on your route love you.

Date Posted: 11/21/2007 11:08 AM ET
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I'm so thankful my mail carrier is so awesome!!

L. G. (L)
Date Posted: 11/25/2007 8:16 AM ET
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According to the regs they aren't required to pick up anything that isn't express or priority.  Check the regs.

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