US Postal Service Sends Postage Due Bill To Guy Who Put Block Party Invites Into Neighbors' Mailboxes
from the usps-desperation dept
US Postal Service’s (USPS) desperation is beginning to show. We already noted its new ad campaign that seems to focus much more on how bad email is, rather than on any additional value provided by the USPS. But now, it appears that the USPS is cracking down on illicit use of its mailboxes. As you may or may not know, under US law, home mailboxes (even though they’re purchased by the homeowner) are technically property of the USPS, and it’s actually against the law to put anything other than US mail with proper postage in a mailbox. But it’s one of those laws that just isn’t enforced very often. Lots of folks put things in mailboxes directly. For example… neighbors organizing a street-wide event.
But, apparently, the USPS has had enough of that. After discovering that a family in Connecticut planned a Halloween blockparty by putting invites into their neighbors’ mailboxes, the USPS sent the family a bill for postage.
“One Monday I had a note it is illegal to put these in mailboxes. Day 2 I had a bill for assumed 80 in the box, times 44 cents for the stamp,” the father, Jeff, told WFSB. “I haven’t paid it yet. I’m trying to have the conversation that no one is willing to have.”
At least they’re not seeking fines as well. But is this really a particularly good use of the USPS’s time?