The tale of TWO Lee Valley Parcels.

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You poor person. We all feel sorry for you.
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You've obviously never had a REAL problem.
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Well, the postal service is Modernizing throughout the developed world. My mom lived in a 55+ community (at 90+) and had to travel about 1/4 mile to pick up her mail at the clubhouse (where they had a bank of mail boxes).
The alternative is to raise the cost of a stamp, I suppose, to four or five bucks to begin to cover the cost of sending millions of men and women out into the world daily to drop junk mail in you home mailbox.

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snipped-for-privacy@the.shoppe wrote:

Suggest you take to the barricades.
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So what you're saying is it's the government. No mystery. You'll learn as you go along. The answer is - there's no good reason for it, it's just the rules.
Makes thinking folks wonder whether socialism is such a good idea after all.
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George wrote:

Maybe not, if it's the credit card companies influencing policy.
This is obviously to combat fraud.
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wrote:

No, this was a cost-saving measure on the part of the Post Office (at least in the US, can't say for Canada Post). Cluster boxes were being installed long before identity theft became a cause de' jour.

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Same in Canada. As new subdiivisions spring up, home delivery goes away. I believe parcel delivery still happens to the door if you provide a street address.
Of course, if all you give the shipper is a PO Box, how are they supposed to know where you live?
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On Sat, 08 Apr 2006 15:53:00 -0600, Dave Balderstone

Nope. I've tried that trick. Many of my neighbors as well. In fact Futureshop even suggested trying it. Guess what, not only didn't I get the package Canada Post returned it to Futureshop as no valid address. It works sometimes in some areas, but it's against Canada Post policy. Phone Priority Post and ask them.
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Mark & Juanita wrote:

I'm talking about the policy of not delivering to PO boxes.
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Canada Post will deliver to PO boxes... anything that will actually fit in the PO box.
If you order something that won't fit in the PO box, where should they put it?
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In the US, they used to keep it in the back and put a card in your box. I think they still do, as I've seen folks in the post office going from a box to the counter with what looks like the parcel card left for home delivery. The regular on my route (suburb delivery to a cluster box) will bring the parcel And the regular mail to my door and leave the parcel if I'm not home. She's also a looker! I'd do more ordering online, but SWMBO has already remarked on me chatting her up and now answers the door around mail time, if she's home <G>.
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In my PO, they have larger locker-type boxes. A key to a locker box is put in the PO box when the parcel is too large. Like a coin-op luggage locker, the key stays in the locker once it is opened.
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Moreover, it was meant to emphasize that government can (and does) make, and force its subjects to abide by the silliest of rules - because, just because.
Of course, whenever you set a limit, there's the guy whose box is two steps beyond.
I have one of those oversize mailboxes so I don't have to take the stupid card 40 miles round trip to get most packages, only to find I've arrived at the post office when the postmistress takes her break .
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Oh yes, on the subject of arbitrary, there is a post office two and one half miles from my house, but their delivery is north of a line a half mile south of their location. My mail is from one twenty miles or so further south....
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On 4/9/2006 8:09 AM George mumbled something about the following:

Damn, you sure you don't live by me? The closest PO to me is about 3.5 miles, but my mail is delivered from the next county over from a PO that is about 16 miles away. Not that I use the post office, as they will deliver to my door (even going down my crazy driveway) any packages that won't fit in the LARGE mailbox I have on the road.
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I have the same situation with UPS. The place where I drop parcels off is only about 2 miles away in a good neighborhood. The place where I pick them up is much further away in a 'less hospitable' locale.
I've taken to telling retailers that if their shipment is gonna require a signature from UPS, then cancel my order. Seems to be working so far. They've been shipping UPS but without the need for a signature.
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George wrote:

Kind of like parents in that respect. "Because I'm the mom, that's why!"

If you want open spaces and clear skies, you'll usually give up some of the conveniences of living in a more densely populated area. If you want sushi at three in the morning, delivered, and a doorman to accept packages for you at any time, there's always NYC.
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What on Earth do the business practices of a corporation have to do with socialism?
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