Ever since we moved we have come up with a new issue that I am just not sure how to handle. We have mail coming here for at least 6 people who used to live at this address but no longer do. Why these people wouldn't just change their address and have their mail forwarded is beyond me but they haven't. It's annoying to check the mail box and have this huge stack of junk only to find ONE item out of 20 belongs to anyone in my house. I've heard that some of these people are basically hiding from CPS and law enforcement from another state and that's why they haven't changed their information but I have no idea about the validity of that statement.
Our neighbors claim that they have stayed in touch with these people and they want me to start giving all this mail to them. Normally that'd be fine with me but I was told by a postal worker that I could be charged with a felony because I am technically interfering with the mail system if I do that. I don't know about anyone else but I'm against felonies being charged against me. While I'm deciding how to solve this problem I have just been sending the mail back to the senders about once a week, but the mail person keeps delivering it anyway. I guess there's something about "Please return to sender, addressee no longer at this address" that's just not understandable by my local post office. I'd like to say this surprises me but alas I cannot.
The worst part of this is that even though I have repeatedly asked them not to, my neighbors are continually checking my mail for these other people and taking things out of my box. I cannot say for sure that they are stealing MY mail, but they shouldn't be in my mailbox anyway! I hesitate to press charges or throw a fit about it but it's getting to the point that I may have to. I've talked to the landlady about the issue and she has told them as well to stay out of my mail but that lasted all of a day. She said if they continue, to call and report it to the police and let them handle it but in the meantime I live next door to them and let me tell you, they're a bunch of rednecks!
I've been looking at mail boxes lately and I have considered buying one that locks. They're not exactly inexpensive but it would definitely put a stop to the issue and i'm sure I could find one that looks a lot nicer than the one I have now. I daydreamed yesterday about seeing their face when they got down to the line of mailboxes after rushing down there to check it before I could and realizing they couldn't check my mail after all. I can't deny I grinned pretty big! Maybe that's the ticket. No more nosy neighbors and less chance of identity theft through a better mail box.