Not my mail!
November 21, 2005 2:35 PM Subscribe
Someone is forwarding his mail (and his organization's mail) to me.
posted by oaf to Grab Bag (12 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I rent a post office box. For whatever reason, someone else in the same town, who also has a post office box at a different post office, put in a forwarding order which specified my post office box as a destination. Mail for an organization he runs/belongs to also gets forwarded to me.
After I got a notice saying that I had to have all users of the box on file with the post office, I brought this to the attention of the postmaster, who took back the mail I got that day, and it stopped for a couple weeks. I left town for a week, and when I returned, my box was full, mostly with this guy's mail.
I've just been blacking out the delivery address, circling the return address, and writing "RETURN TO SENDER" on these pieces of mail and putting them back into the postal system. (I already tried just crossing out the address on the forwarding label and writing "INCORRECT FORWARDING ADDRESS", but all that did was cause them to send me the same mail with another label slapped on.) Also disturbing is the one piece of mail I got with the other guy's name and my address—no forwarding label—which seems to indicate that people are picking up (falsely) that he can be reached at my P.O. box.
I'm surprised that the forwarding party hasn't fixed the problem, since they haven't gotten (among other things) a couple of bank statements, several checks, and something from Sweden. (No, I haven't opened any of the mail.)
I have no contact information for this guy other than his old address, and if I write to that, I'll just get it back. And frankly, I don't particularly want to contact him.