: My mail carrier is leaving me notes telling me that he is going to stop delivering mail to me unless I start locking my mailbox every day. Can he?
I live in an apartment building in Cambridge, Massachusetts. For the first twenty-four years of my life, I lived in houses with unlocked, right-out-in-the-open mailboxes. I moved to this apartment just over two years ago, and the mailboxes each have small locks on them (they look like this
). I’m not in the habit of locking it, nor do I really care to.
Recently, my postal carrier has started leaving me notes telling me that if I don’t start locking my mailbox, he will cease to deliver mail to me. He left me a formal USPS document saying that it could be done, so I don’t think he’s bullshitting me just to get me to do it. So here are my questions:
1. Can he do it, or is it an idle threat backed up by an official document?
2. Is the USPS allowed to discriminate like this based on where you live? (I wouldn’t be getting one of these if I lived in a house and had a mailbox that didn’t lock.)
3. Assuming he does cut me off, is there anything I can do besides start locking my mailbox?
Thanks. Any information or thoughts are appreciated!