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Subject: ventiing at letter carrier
Date Posted: 3/4/2011 2:15 PM ET
Member Since: 6/25/2006
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Can you belive mt letter carrier placed a book into my small aparment mailbox

it was Where's My Dreidel?: A Hanukkah Lift-The-Flap Story (Holiday Lift-The-Flap Books)

so itv was a little bent when i pulled it out of my box, luckly I'm givig this book to my great newphew {so

i'm not going to reposted -beside i don;t i could -due to slighly now bent book )

i did call usps and file a complaint -i also know this was not my regular carrier as he knows to leave books under my doormat

plus rings my doorbell

Date Posted: 3/4/2011 11:12 PM ET
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You could try asking that a note be put by your address to not stuff books in mailbox, please.  I wrote my carrier this note and she hung it up in the office by my address at the carrier case.

Date Posted: 3/4/2011 11:54 PM ET
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i was thinking the same thing cause he did again today

now do i place this note on my mailbox?

Date Posted: 3/9/2011 3:48 PM ET
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Do you think your landlord might be amenable to investing in larger mailboxes?  We used to live in a townhouse with all the mailboxes in one spot for 18 units.  The builder put in these lovely large mailbixes that would fit a full sized magazine laid flat.  Several books arriving on the same day were no problem.

Date Posted: 3/9/2011 10:13 PM ET
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I would put that note about books inside my mailbox in a very visible way, like bright colored, big letters and such.  Also go to the Postmaster, or Post Office personally and hand them a note stating you want your books placed at such and such place, not bent or curved into your mailbox, please.  Ask that that be put at you address in the carrier's case where they sort mail.  Explain about your problem.  You collect books and they are being damaged in handling by being bent to fit inside your mailbox.  Let me know if this does not help.  PM me personally, my hubby was a Postmaster and he can give you advice. 

BTW, do you live in a large city and what size is your mailbox?



Last Edited on: 3/9/11 10:13 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/14/2011 8:29 PM ET
Member Since: 6/27/2008
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And remember - postal employees are people too.  We are much more likely to bend over backwards to help someone with their problem if it is presented in a calm and rational manner.  The carriers do keep "notes" at their case to help them (and anyone else that might take over for them) when a problem arises.  You could actually call your delivery station and ask to speak directly to the mail carrier on your route.  Just give them your address and they should be able to get the correct person to the phone for you.  Sometimes speaking directly to the person involved will work better than having a supervisor speak to them.  Keep in mind that (at least here) the carriers start coming in to work around 7 AM and are starting to leave the building by 9 AM.  Good luck!

Date Posted: 3/21/2011 12:31 PM ET
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We get substitute carriers that don't always get the same information that our regular one gets...at least I don't think so.  We have to put a note inside our mailbox, taped to the top and hanging in it, so they can be reminded when we are having our mail held at our physical address.  Perhaps a book delivery one will be needed for you.  We never had trouble having mail held until about three years ago.  Talking to everyone we could didn't help.  Our old carrier told us to put a note in our mailbox for the subs which worked great.  Now, if I can only get the people at the post office to NOT fold a book in half to get it in the PO box.  Sigh.  They are so nice, but I can't see the logic in that one.  They tend to do it more with children's books, but I have had them do it to larger paperbacks and even the brick ones.  Needless to say, can't repost those!

Date Posted: 3/22/2011 2:52 PM ET
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As a sub carrier i can tell you that the sometimes we are put on a route that we don't know so well. Sometimes there is also a lack of good communication between regular carriers and subs. I have worked for several regular carriers while they've been on sick leave or taken vacations. One of them was awesome about leaving me the latest little notes about who's mail is now forwarded or who is new at such &such address.Then you have some regular carriers that do not leave any notes, we have to wing it and hope we are doing things right. Most regular carriers know where a customer wants their packages left, but they do it every day. Then a sub enters the picture and well, just imagine having 500+ mailboxes to deliver too and it's a bit overwhelming to know just exactly where every package needs to be left. Then there is the time restrictions, our Post Master keeps preaching to us to be consistant on our delivery times, well if you are sub that  is extra pressure added ontop of a route you don't know that well. Did this carrier do the right thing in bending it, probably not, but then they probably thought/guessed that is what the regular carrier would do, or they were in a hurry, i don't know.  Not that you don't have a right to complain, as someone else said try discussing it with your regular carrier first. I'm just giving you some insight into what a sub goes thru.