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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-03-2008, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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Has anyone had ...

... their mail hijacked? We're waiting for a couple of important pieces of mail that were sent well in time to get here by today, and they haven't shown up. Of course, this revelation came over me tonight, just in time to be able to do nothing about it. Panic set in immediately!

I wondered why we were only getting junk mail. A couple of bills trickled in, but that's the extent of it. Is there any way for the post office to successfully track 1st class mail? I hope I'm reading more into this than there actually is and everything will be fine and good come Monday.

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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-04-2008, 01:33 AM
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No, the PO can't track first-class mail. I missed getting something very important recently. And something else last fall. And a credit card statement last year. Who knows what else. I suppose with the volume of mail I get, on a percentage basis it's still fairly reliable.

If you think your mail was stolen, not just lost, I think it'd be advisable to start the possible ID-theft process going.

Then again, if it was something you absolutely needed by today, then it'll show up Monday. Never fails. Well, almost never.
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Nope, but plenty of things have been late.
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 05-04-2008, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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I hope that's all it is. Hubby always gets a VA check the first of the month, without fail, and it didn't show. That's what began the panic process. Will see what happens Monday ...
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If his Va check is late I would contact them (http://www1.va.gov/directory/guide/home.asp?isFlash=1).

Just something to think about is having the VA check direct deposited. My hubby has that and it seems much more reliable than the mail.


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My parents live in FL and I'm in NH...we've mailed stuff and it's taken 3 days, other times 10 days...totally unpredictable...


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I spoke w/my SIL this morning -- she and her husband ran a USPO in Dallas for many years. She thought maybe it had been misdelivered. If it doesn't show up in the next couple of days, she suggested we contact the Postal Inspector for our local post office. Will wait until tomorrow to see what shows up ...
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That's very possible...our mail people are pretty incompetent, I'm always getting mail for other people. Usually it's my neighbors and I just walk over and put it in their box. But sometimes it's someone who has the same house number on a different street in our development (about 10 cul-de-sacs all having the same house numbers). I don't always go through the mail everyday, so it could sit on my counter for 2-3 days before I noticed I have someone else's mail.


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I have received other people's mail also, and sometimes there is very little similarity in our addresses or names. I know then that there is a substitute carrier on the route, and we take their mail to them. It doesn't happen often, but it does happen. (Our mail carrier is extremely efficient.) I would ask the postmaster if there was a substitute this past week. I hope you get this straightened out!




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I used to work for a very large printing company, and the production floor would print, sort, and then pack the printed (junk) mail right in postal mail sacks or trays. We worked directly with the Post Office, and the mail sacks and trays were delivered by semi loads to our plant. There were always empty postal carts around, because as the floor would stack and label mail sacks and trays, they'd often find mail in them. The mail would go into the carts, and eventually as they would fill up, go back to the Post Office to be resorted and delivered. You'd be surprised what showed up in those carts! And all that mail was because the postal folks would accidently miss something that had been in the bags.

I'm sure what your waiting for is just taking longer than expected. That's usually the way it goes for me also. When I don't need it, it comes quickly. If I'm waiting for something, and needed it yesterday, it takes forever!
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