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Subject: Re: US Mailboxes
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Date: Thu, 26 Dec 2002 00:40:53 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Wed, 25 Dec 2002 19:40:53 EST
Organization: Cox Communications
"Zefram Cochrane" wrote in message
> Why DO the USAns have mailboxes so far from their houses ? I've
> never understood this. Other than in really rural areas with people
> some plastic horizontal drainpipe from their gate, the practice of having
> a open-to-anybody mailbox so far from the house is unknown here.
There are limits to the benefits offered by USPS. They want to make as
short a route with as few stops as possible. Where I used to live (San
Diego County), out mail was delivered to a box hanging by the front door,
which we changed to a slot in the door after a time. In our new
neighborhood, all mail is deliverd to USPS-approved mail boxes at curbside.
In newer neighborhoods, builders are required to erect cluster boxes to
allow the mailman to hit several homes with a single stop.
> Is it allowed to lock a mailbox (assuming the recipient provides the
> lock and is OK about giving a key on request to the mail person) ?
Some boxes have a unlocked drop slot in front and a locked access door in
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