I was just watching an American film and thought, "Why don't kids steal everyone's mail?" In the UK, most people have the mailbox INSIDE the house (or simply a letterbox opening in the front door). Surely kids are tempted to nick American mail, especially as it's right on the street.
On 2/13/2017 5:19 PM, James Wilkinson Sword wrote:
There are mailboxes on doors here too but single family homes on larger
lots will have their mailbox outside on the street. Mail-carriers drive
vehicles with steering wheels on the right (since we drive on the right,
normal are on the left) and drop off mail without leaving vehicle.
Yes I can see it being more efficient for the mail people, although bloody inconvenient for the home owners (people who have them here to stop dogs eating the letters never remember to check them and get letters a week late). And my original point, doesn't mail get stolen?
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On Monday, February 13, 2017 at 7:25:03 PM UTC-6, James Wilkinson Sword wro
y inconvenient for the home owners (people who have them here to stop dogs
eating the letters never remember to check them and get letters a week late
). And my original point, doesn't mail get stolen?
No one forced the home owner to buy a house that the mail box is
at the end of their driveway. Mail does get stolen on occasion
but not that often.
Are you saying people don't check their mail boxes if it's at the
end of their driveway but perhaps once a week where you live?
In the UK, people sometimes (only 1 in 100) have boxes attached to the outside of their house (not at the street), just to avoid stuff being put into the house (because the dog might eat it). They often forget to check it (as would I if I had one), because the mail doesn't appear inside your home on the carpet so you notice it, you actually have to remember to keep checking the box.
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On Monday, February 13, 2017 at 10:53:23 PM UTC-5, James Wilkinson Sword wr
oody inconvenient for the home owners (people who have them here to stop do
gs eating the letters never remember to check them and get letters a week l
ate). And my original point, doesn't mail get stolen?
tside of their house (not at the street), just to avoid stuff being put int
o the house (because the dog might eat it). They often forget to check it
(as would I if I had one), because the mail doesn't appear inside your home
on the carpet so you notice it, you actually have to remember to keep chec
king the box.
1 - How do you know that these 1 in 100 people "often" forget to check thei
r mail? Do you
know them all? Do they publish their forgetfulness in the local paper?
2 - How stupid would one have to be to see a mailbox on the outside of thei
r house and
forget to check it? And *often* forget to check it? Now that's really stupi
We've had a mailbox on the outside of our house for over 35 years. We check
it every day
except for Sunday. It's really not that hard to remember. See if you can un
Step 1: See Mailbox
Step 2: Think: "Did you check for mail today?"
Step 3: If no, check it. If yes, don't bother.
On Monday, February 13, 2017 at 10:10:36 PM UTC-6, DerbyDad03 wrote:
outside of their house (not at the street), just to avoid stuff being put i
nto the house (because the dog might eat it). They often forget to check i
t (as would I if I had one), because the mail doesn't appear inside your ho
me on the carpet so you notice it, you actually have to remember to keep ch
ecking the box.
eir mail? Do you
It does kinda silly and made up, doesn't it? I'd venture a guess
that most people get some sort of mail each day. That might be
junk mail, a letter, catalog, or a bill. He's trying to make us
believe that everybody that doesn't get their mail through a slot
in the door has Alzhiemers and completely forget to check their
outside mail boxes.
eir house and
Yep! Not too bright when it comes to getting their mail, are they?
ck it every day
My house is 90 years old and so are the surrounding houses.
Every single one has a mail box on the outside, just a step
or two outside the front door. It ain't rocket science to
remember to check to see if you have mail that day.
On Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 11:16:46 AM UTC-5, James Wilkinson Sword w
he outside of their house (not at the street), just to avoid stuff being pu
t into the house (because the dog might eat it). They often forget to chec
k it (as would I if I had one), because the mail doesn't appear inside your
home on the carpet so you notice it, you actually have to remember to keep
checking the box.
their mail? Do you
if it's flopped into your hallway, you'll see it.
Frigging idiot. How the hell do you know what "most people" do? Prove your
I don't need to see my mail to remember to check it. My mailbox at work isn
't a slot
in my door either. I somehow remember to check that mailbox also. Do you im
forget everything you don't actually see?
Besides, why would I want to spend good money on a quality, insulted door a
cut a hole in it?
their house and
Frigging idiot. How do you know if you got something important if you don't
Do you pick your mail up off of your cruddy floor every day? If so, why? Wh
you just wait until you get something important?
check it every day
an understand this
re there. I don't have to go outside, unlock the box, and check to find ju
st junk mail.
Frigging idiot. I guess if they ever let you out of your slimy house, you'd
realize that you
you can actually check the mail on the way back in, like maybe when you com
e home from
work. Wait. Work? You? Ha! Maybe when you come home from buying booze with
If you didn't live in a slum, you'd realize that not everyone has to lock t
heir mail box.
Heck, I don't even have to step outside to grab my mail. I just open that n
ice insulated door
and reach into the box.
On Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 10:16:46 AM UTC-6, James Wilkinson Sword wrote:
And you know everyone doesn't check for mail if they have outside
mail boxes how? Are people sending you e-mails saying they don't
check outside boxes? You are walking the streets spying on people
who have outside mail boxes to see if and when they look inside?
Ooooooooh, you KNOW what day(s)you'll be receiving *important*
Who said anything about a locked box? I guess folks across the pond
don't have screened, security, or storm doors. I have security storm
doors on my house and no way would they be able to get any mail through
Give it up James, you're looking more and more silly with your
continued whines about how things are done in the USA.
On Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at 2:44:57 PM UTC-6, James Wilkinson Sword
THE TROLL wrote:
Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of people have told you they
don't check their mail boxes every day. You must be one busy
troll to know when people do and do not check their mail box.
How do you know they don't get important mail every day? Let me
guess, you ASKED those hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of
people. You're probably just nosey and looking in their outside
mail boxes to see what they're receiving. Heaven forbid you're
lifting up that flap on their front door slot and peeking inside.
Don't be deliberately stupid. I've already told you my mail box
is on the front porch, I don't have a mail slot. Reading compre-
hension is not a strong suit with you I see.
My answers nor anyone else's have been stupid. We've explained
to you but you insist on being an obtuse jerk.
You've probably noticed some people here know about when the mail
carrier arrives. It's just a ritual to check for mail daily.
My parents were avid readers. Getting the daily paper(s) was a big deal.
There were also the monthly magazines. I think we got at least three farm
Getting the mail daily wasn't any different than feeding the cattle
critters, picking eggs, etc.
On 2/13/2017 8:24 PM, James Wilkinson Sword wrote:
Mail might get stolen. It does not happen often. The mail carrier will
also take outgoing mail and boxes have a flag on them to put up if there
is outgoing mail. We don't leave outgoing mail out overnight.
Theft problem is more serious for packages too big for the box and left
on the porch. Mail carrier as others point out will drive/carry
packages to house. Packages are also delivered by other services like
Fedex. If you don't have to sign for delivery they will just drop on
porch or driveway.
More serious to our curb mailboxes is damage by vandals or getting
struck by vehicles. Neighbor across the street has box situated such
that it has probably been accidentally hit by everyone in the
neighborhood. He's got it on a hinged post so if knocked over it can be
On 2/14/2017 5:16 PM, James Wilkinson Sword wrote:
Mail carriers are not out at rush hour and generally spend that time
collecting and loading their mail. More than half our mail is junk
mail, circulars and the like and has to be sorted into each box.
Vandals probably use baseball bats. Boxes along main roads are most at
I've nearly tripped over packages left right in front of my front door
and almost ran over one near the garage.
Thread reminds me that a few months ago I needed a new mail box as metal
post had rusted out and new box was needed anyway. Could not find what
I liked at local store and clerk advised looking on line which I did and
got free shipping. Comical because besides new mail box and post, Home
Depot also sent me a toilet seat and barbecue grill mat. I should have
kept them but got them to come back for them.
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