To Dream The Impossible Mailbox Dream
June 5, 2012 11:18 AM Subscribe
I moved my mailbox from the street to my front porch. This, according to my mail carrier, is "not possible", and my mail is no longer being delivered. What, if anything, is my recourse?
posted by hollisimo to home & garden (17 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I called the post office that services my neighborhood and was told that this cannot be done, the reason being that once a mailbox is installed in one place, it has to stay there. I pressed for details and the response was basically, "because we said so." There are no regulations in place. Finally the dude I talked to said he'd talk to my mail carrier and get back to me.
Other houses on my street have their mailboxes mounted in a variety of locations, including my next-door neighbor who has hers on her front porch. The reason I moved mine was for both security and aesthetic reasons-- the new box locks and is visible to me from the house, unlike the old mailbox. The new box is easily accessible by the mail carrier and would add, at most, 10 seconds to his route.
Anyone have any advice on how I can convince the local USPS office and my mail carrier to let me use my new mailbox?