Why would the post office ask your name when sending packages overseas?
November 18, 2005 2:13 PM Subscribe
U.S.PostOfficeFilter: I was sending a mix CD overseas. My handwriting's a bit sloppy, and the postal worker wanted me to spell my last name. He also wanted to make sure he was pronouncing it correctly, which struck me as odd and potentially superfluous. Why would he care?
posted by Tuwa to law & government (21 answers total)
Is he required to ask this when the name's not legible, or was he just being nosy?
And if the Post Office and/or Customs Office are collecting names and correlating them with package destinations, why? I understand that people have used the mail for terrorist activities before, and might use it for that again, but couldn't people just as easily write a fake name as they could their own? If asking the name is required (and I'm not sure that it is), what good would it serve the government since they don't ask for matching ID?