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|Do We Have An Evil Mail Carrier?|
|Personal Finance - Rant|
|Written by Dave Hilton|
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I'm starting to think our mail delivery person is evil. Over the last couple of weeks, we've been getting our neighbor's mail. I don't mean a couple of things accidentally mixed in with our mail...I mean EVERYTHING! Every piece of their junk mail, every bill and every credit card offer.
My biggest issue is that this neighbor doesn't even live on our street. If the mail carrier simply screwed up a number or something, it wouldn't be such a big deal. But they're not even getting the street right. Their street doesn't start with the same letter. And in case you're wondering, the number doesn't match either. Really?!?!?!
Either our mail delivery person has lost their mind (and their ability to read)...or they're purposely trying to cause some neighborhood controversy. I say this due to the fact that apparently our neighbors are having some issues paying their bills or haven't been getting their mail for some time. I can say this with some certainty, because the mail we're getting are "2nd Notice", "Final Notice" or "Service Disruption Notice" envelopes. The utility companies and other service providers in this part of Texas are not very discreet about their bright orange cut off notice mailers or demands for payment. Collection Agencies are way more low-key than what I'm seeing from these organizations. How sad is that?
This has turned into quite an awkward situation because our son and this particular neighbor's son are really close friends. My wife refuses to take their mail over to them. I'm already in bed by the time they get home in the evening. So, we enlisted our son- as a neutral third-party- to hand deliver the mail to their son each day this has happened. I doubt either of the boys know what any of those orange notices or bold lettering really mean.
I'm beginning to wonder if our neighbors even know we've been getting their mail. It's not like they're going to bring it up. How would they start that conversation..."so, I hear you've been getting our cut off notices by mistake, huh? Funny, right?"
My wife doesn't want me to bring it up to them at all. She wants to forget the mix ups even happened. Personally, I'd rather talk to them about it. I'm certainly not judging them- we've had our fair share of financial nightmares. It's not like I would offer them advice. But I would make sure they knew they could talk/vent to me if they were having issues. I'd be happy to explore options if they wanted to...that's kind of my thing, now.
The truth is- we aren't privy to the details about their situation. At this point, it's none of our business...even though we've arbitrarily been made aware there is an issue. It could simply be they haven't received their mail in a while (due to our evil mail carrier) and missed some payments. It's possible, they've even complained to the post office about it already. We don't know.
This mail mix up has caused quite a conundrum for my wife. Of course, I have to wonder if we're missing some of our mail, too. None of our neighbors have come by with anything yet...so maybe it's just an isolated issue. Another reason I'm glad we pay bills online. I don't like waiting for the bills to show up.
I do hope this is a temporary issue. Perhaps our normal mail carrier is on vacation or sick. However, if it persists, I will go down to the post office. I'm giving it another few days.
What would you do in this situation? Ever found out something about a neighbor, but been afraid to bring it up? How did you handle it? Do you think our mail delivery person is evil?
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