I've often worried about the security of my rural mail box at the end of my
driveway. To the best of my knowledge, I've never lost anything but I still
worry. I usually try to put the outgoing mail in the box within a few hours
of pickup but that can be difficult as mail-persons change. Also, I never
put mail out the night before.
Thoughts? Ever lost anything you are aware of? Mailbox theft rare?
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
It seems that no matter how carefully one takes precautions, the one
thing that is going to get you is that which you have not planned for.
Unless you are living in an area where it's a known fact that there have
been "mail box" thefts I don't think it's worth worrying about.
Of course I would take a package with valuable contents directly to the
Here, there was a spate of instances of folks having checks stolen
from their mailboxes, washed and then rewritten (payable to CASH, etc.)
OTOH, I am not sure how many folks still use checks to pay bills!
Most use (or even require) auto deposit / withdrawal.
I receive only a few actual checks a year, and rarely write more than
one check a month.
My wife and I do order most of our stuff on-line though. It's usually
cheaper and certainly easier than driving off to some store that may not
even have the product in stock. Some of it is sent via the mail and I
have not had a problem.
I put my mail out in the morning and never leave it overnight. We had a
neighborhood thief, now in jail, but there could be others.
Most of my problems are with the mail carrier giving my mail to someone
else and me getting someone else's mail. I got a check once that had
been opened, envelope stapled back together, and sent to me.
Post office makes most of their profit from the junk mailers and all
their loose crap can cause problems with stuff you want.
Speaking of which, our local paper sent out a notice that several times
a year, the paper would cost an extra dollar because of all the extra ads.
Readers want to strangle them.
Local paper BEGS people to subscribe. A sunday paper (97.2663% ads) was
just left for us last week -- along with an "invitation" to a FREE 2 month
subscription (just give us your email address and street address).
"No thanks" (we can get the news from a variety of sources -- to counter
any "local spin" -- along with ads for any of the places we are LIKELY
to visit. Why have to throw out a stack of paper each week for stuff
that we can get elsewhere?)
Papers are dying and so is mail thanks to the internet and TV news
channels. Twenty years ago I used to spend about $30/month for postage
for my part time consulting business. Now it's about 50 cents a month.
I do like the on-line edition of the paper and you have to be a print
subscriber to get it for more than a few times access. Otherwise the
paper version is only useful for the funnies.
On Monday, February 15, 2016 at 2:33:10 PM UTC-5, Frank wrote:
USPS is primarily a junk mail delvery service. Just work to take it to the trash:(
In case you havent heard the post office is losing billions, so first class mail is going to 60 cents.
the post master of the us wants to close post offices near other ones, but congress passed a law prohibiting that
the post office would allow grocery stores to set up mini post offices//////
our government no longer functions. this is just one example
I _detest_ trying to read a newspaper online and will take both the
local (small town) and another more substantial 'til either the day I
die or they both refuse to mail 'em (we're rural, no carrier).
The local is important _for_ the "local spin"; it's one way to know what
is going on locally besides just gossip. The other has a little more
broad national coverage but it's still a pretty small town paper; the
two metro papers quit mail delivery several years ago.
As for the OP's original question, we're rural as said but get our mail
in town at the PO Box and have "since forever". Originally (19-teens)
the rural delivery was to a corner point 2-1/2 mi closer to town where
there were about 10 boxes back then. Grandfather said since at that
point it was only another mile to the PO downtown, might as well just
get it there and have it secure. Out here and now and especially then,
that was mostly from wind and blowing dirt, not miscreants.
There are three other places on our road going to town who do get their
mail at their boxes; afaik they've not had any troubles, at least never
mentioned it. There is little traffic other than oilfield workers
besides the locals, however, it's not a spot on the "way to anywhere"
nor any reason for kids to be joyriding particularly or the like.
The only stories I hear are mostly Wichita or the like and they're
either the random acts of destruction somebody else has mentioned or
targetted at mostly the apartment complexes where there are many boxes
in a close locale if they're looking for either checks or the like. Not
much payoff in a one-at-a-time poke into a single box here and
there...much better odds if there are 50 or so can rifle through at a time.
On Monday, February 15, 2016 at 3:35:35 PM UTC-5, dpb wrote:
Our county has a local paper that comes out on Wednesdays and Fridays; good
for keeping up with local events. Unfortunately, they were bought out by t
he local big-city newspaper so we get their unwanted Saturday edition for f
ree. I just toss it in the trash. There's also an on-line local news site w
hich is very good.
Unless you are predisposed to following a particular national franchise,
there are lots of other sites that offer a wide variety of chuckels.
These often aren't as artificially constrained in what they can talk about
One has to wonder how these folks get these outrageous ideas!! :>
Yup. My only "postage" costs are to mail parts/prototypes back and
forth (USPS or UPS).
Our local paper is little more than a print edition of an AP/Reuters news feed.
About the only things they "report on" are various high school ball games.
And, it's hard to consider that "reporting".
It's even worse for TV/radio. Research costs money. They'd rather spend
that money buying some national "feed" (so, why do I need to go through
you to get to that feed?)
Anything of real *interest* ("initiatives" on which we vote pretty
regularly -- every 6 mos?) is always "spun" by the editorial staff
of the particular media outlet. So, you're never truly getting
information but, rather, "selective propaganda". (I'm surely not
going to PAY to get your OPINION)
+1 I read a book 40 years ago called 'Unreliable Sources'. It opened my eyes
up to the fact that is no real reporting done any more. It is all pap fed by
the gov't. The only news might be some kind of investigative reporting-but
start with a conclusion and follow that trail. The local paper I like sends
their people to the meetings then captures all the give and take between the
reps and the public. One can get to know the players because they frequently
send a shot across the bow. In FF I had experience with a different papers
reporters; usually they were below the quality of minimum wage fast food
workers (I am NOT condemning FF workers! It's tough) without knowledge of
what to ask.
About a year ago I tried the online edition ($30/mo) of our local paper.
various other websites...so I cancelled. I've since heard the paper
is about to go bankrupt.
I use several plug-ins with Firefox to clamp down on JScript, disable
Flash, block ads, etc.
But, this makes going to those sites tedious -- I have to play a guessing
game as to which I should temporarily re-enable for THIS visit.
My carrier is an idiot and I get mail for my neighbors all the time.
I simply run it over and drop it in their box.
I also get mail for someone I've never heard of and when I clip it to my
mailbox with a huge note that they don't live here...he just leaves it!
If it's junk mail I toss it, but anything that looks important, I have
to take to a mailbox.
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