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Puzzling Mail Carrier Behavior

Can someone familiar with post office procedures tell me if this is a messed-up as I think it is? One day, two independent packages expected that day were, according to the USPS tracking page, scanned as both "Notice Left (No Authorized Recipient Available)" and "Delivered". All four scans had the same timestamp, 2:16 pm on the day they were due. Someone was present at that time, no delivery attempt was in fact made. [more inside]
posted by George_Spiggott on Jul 12, 2014 - 14 answers

Need a surrogate older sister... where to find?

What I want is an older sister /grandmother/ auntie type - someone wise I can write letters to from time to time, who will write me thoughtful letters back and offer suggestions and whatnot. A life coach? A counsellor (or therapist)? Does anyone offer this service? I would happily pay a reasonable fee. [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Jun 3, 2013 - 104 answers

Addressing an Envelope When the Recipient's Name is Unknown to You?

Hi everyone. I recently visited an online map where people who share a very unusual niche hobby place a pin where they live, voluntarily including an address or name if they'd like, and I found to my pleasant shock that a fellow enthusiast lives only a few blocks from me. He/she left a contact address but not a name, and I'd really love to write to this person, but I have no idea what the normal etiquette is for addressing a personal envelope to an unnamed recipient (to be clear, I don't mean the letter itself, but the envelope). [more inside]
posted by Buddy-Rey on Apr 14, 2013 - 17 answers

YANAMC, YANMMC, but maybe you can answer this anyway

Why would a letter come back "not deliverable as addressed" when the address is correct? [more inside]
posted by thetortoise on Apr 5, 2013 - 11 answers

Postcard to Japan

I want to send a postcard from France to this restaurant in Japan where my friend is a cook. There appears to be an address on the front page of the website, but I'll be damned if I can make out what it says, much less recreate it on a postcard in a way that the French post can parse. I'm sure I could ask him myself, but I would prefer to surprise him. Can anyone help me with this?
posted by Evstar on Mar 11, 2013 - 9 answers

What is this weird little card?

What is this weird little card that I got in the mail? [more inside]
posted by cosmic.osmo on May 11, 2012 - 4 answers

When did the American "Business Reply Mail" concept begin?

What is the general history of the US postal "business reply mail" ? When did it begin? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on May 3, 2012 - 2 answers

Cheapest way to mail and track documents going from US to Russia?

I need to mail some important documents from the US to Russia via a method that is trackable. The cheapest price I can find is $28.95 via USPS. Does anyone know of a less expensive method that includes tracking information? These are just paper documents, not a package. Thanks!
posted by emily37 on Jan 5, 2011 - 9 answers

I'm an adult. I should know how mail works.

If I send a postcard from China to the United States, I pay 4.5 RMB. Who gets the money? [more inside]
posted by jweed on Apr 9, 2010 - 7 answers

Where can I find inspiration for a postal adventure project?

Where could I find ideas about creating an adventure/mystery/game for friends over the summer, via postal service? [more inside]
posted by troybob on May 22, 2009 - 4 answers

fauxstal address problems

[Postal_Filter] I sent out 45 postcards to friends for X-Mas. They had a "From" address (labeled as such) and a "To" address (also labeled as such). Somehow, the Post Office sent it all to the "From" Address (not return to sender for insufficient postage or anything). Do I have any recourse in getting these sent to the right address? Is it bad protocol on my part to put a very visible "From" Address on a postcard?
posted by Franklin76 on Dec 19, 2008 - 11 answers

See the tear standin' in my eye

The USPS lost the contents of a media-rate package. Many books within. What are the odds I'll get any of it back? [more inside]
posted by TheSecretDecoderRing on Jun 15, 2008 - 11 answers

Dead Letter Office

What happens when I tell catalogue people I am dead? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jun 13, 2008 - 13 answers

Lost Letter Laws

It's illegal to open someone's 'mail'. But when does it become mail legally? [more inside]
posted by nomisxid on Jan 5, 2007 - 7 answers

How is a postage stamp authenticated?

How is the authenticity of a postage stamp verified in the normal mail delivery process? [more inside]
posted by odinsdream on Nov 13, 2006 - 11 answers

predict my future: prison or evening news?

predict my future: prison or evening news? [more inside]
posted by krautland on Oct 11, 2006 - 13 answers

I want to mail three boxes of from Philadelphia to Spain. What's the cheapest option?

I want to mail three boxes of from Philadelphia to Spain. What's the cheapest option? [more inside]
posted by BigBrownBear on Sep 1, 2006 - 7 answers

Postal System - mail routes

Postal service - how does a letter travel from Canada to Namibia - via Europe? Does it go to one country in Africa, and then to Namibia. I have looked everywhere, UPU etc, but cannot find an answer. Is there a directory of physical postal routes? Thanks! BB [more inside]
posted by bright77blue on Jul 30, 2006 - 5 answers

When will our neighborhood get door-to-door USPS mail delivery?

Why do some neighborhoods get USPS mail delivered to their door (or at least to their property) and other neighborhoods get USPS mail delivered to mailboxes on the street near the recipients' property but not on it? [more inside]
posted by pwb503 on Apr 14, 2006 - 13 answers

Snail Mail Spam, how to stop?

It seems like almost every time i open my mailbox i get this advertising mailer in there. How on earth do i go about complaining and get this crap to stop! I assume there are laws like there are spam these days, if you say "unsubscribe" they have to obey? Googling for it only came up with the link i pasted above and looking on the Kansas City Star website was no help either. Any advice?
posted by joshgray on Mar 30, 2006 - 19 answers

Why does some of my mail have small scribbles on it?

Why does some of my mail have small scribbles on it? [more inside]
posted by skallas on Feb 25, 2006 - 7 answers

USPS Sunday pickup times

What happens to a piece of mail after it is deposited in a USPS mailbox that lists a Sunday pickup time? [more inside]
posted by jayder on Feb 5, 2006 - 7 answers

this is why i shouldn't be a manager

tax idiot filter: I need to get some things postmarked today. It's 6:30pm where I am. [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Jan 31, 2006 - 14 answers

Sorting Snail Mail

SnailMailFilterFilter: Are there any failsafe rules to separate USPS junk mail from real mail (or vice versa) without opening it? I know I needn't worry about an ink SoBig virus, but I just hate being suckered into opening an important-looking envelope only to find another Visa/MC application. [More Inside] [more inside]
posted by klarck on Dec 1, 2004 - 14 answers

Post Office Problems

The Post Office has screwed up my mail forwarding, and every person with whom I speak gives me a different story. How do I reach a competent person who will take ownership of the problem? (Chicago, IL)
posted by trharlan on Sep 28, 2004 - 3 answers

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