I’m heading into the Bedford Post Office this morning to hand-deliver a Hold Mail form to the Postmaster himself.
Since there was never any follow-up to me despite assurances from USPS that my complaint would not go to deaf ears, I have to assume the Bedford post office determined not holding mail is no big deal.
Should I demand Postmaster give me written confirmation that he accepted in person my Hold Mail request or would that make me more likely to have Hold Mail order forgotten?
Should I use the sweet approach, say Gee, I’m sure there was a good reason why my mailman stuffed the box full of mail despite the Hold Mail request….
Should I skip the Hold Mail altogether and pay someone to gather mail and bring it inside? Maybe ask a policeman if he wants extra Christmas cash? I hate to impose on a neighbor and the only one of the kids who lives in the area works long hours then goes home to his family. It would add an hour to his day to come by daily and gather mail.
I’m totally undecided and need your input. My first instinct is to be tough and firm with the Postmaster. Ask how I can be assured that my request will be honored. But not sure how I phrase it without being arrested for harassing a federal employee!! I can see the headline now: Bedford Woman Held on Aggravated Assault charges!!
UPDATE: I went into the Post Office and asked to speak with the Postmaster, Fred Green. I was told he was busy getting mail out on a route, that the PO were understaffed. I chatted briefly with the young man behind the counter (a face unknown to me) and we chatted generically about Holding Mail via the USPS website. He said if the Fax isn’t received from USPS to the local post office then they can’t hold mail. FAX?? In today’s day and age, the USPS has to FAX a local post office? I can’t imagine a more outdated mode.
Then, the postal clerk went on to say that if a mail carrier sees that the box is full, he is SUPPOSED to gather the mail and bring it back to the Post Office, leaving a note in the person’s box. In other words, the carrier is supposed to be the good guy and notice when you may have forgotten to tell the PO you are going away. In my case tho, not only did the PO not see (or saw and ignored) the hold mail request, the carrier kept stuffing mail and not caring one hoot that the box was chock-a-block full.
The clerk asked me to write down my name and phone number and told me the Postmaster would call me “later today”. My take is the Postmaster wanted time to come up with a good story on why my mail was not held. I’ll report back when (if) he calls me. I’m not holding my breath.