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USPS mail fail

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Posted: Thursday, March 6, 2014 10:30 am

Dear Editor:

I was wondering if any other readers’ postal delivery has been as careless as mine.

My local post office is for ZIP code 11418, and the post office is located at 122nd Street and Jamaica Avenue. For about eight years now (excluding 2.5 years when we had an assigned postman; kudos to Terrence) we’ve had mail that’s been carelessly left outside the front door or on an open ledge like a takeout menu. I have two signs on the front door at eye level that read, “Please put mail in the letter slot behind the door.” Over those years, the cumulative amount of mail that suspiciously seems to have not been delivered is troublesome. I once had an overseas package with delivery confirmation. The package was delivered, just not to me!

I’ve gone to the post office numerous times, and every time I’m speaking to another supervisor. When I bring photos showing the signs and the letter slot and where the mail is left, even the supervisor can’t argue with me. They all tell me that my block doesn’t have a committed mail person, and that they’ll talk to whomever did the route that day. Now, sometimes the delivery person takes care, sometimes it’s someone who doesn’t care — it’s a crap shoot who’s going to deliver your mail that day.

The post office has all these signs that explain the consequences of tampering with the mail. Some days, the person who delivers my mail does everything except put a sign pointing to my loose mail saying, “Take me”!

Joseph Aslaender
Richmond Hill

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