They’re stealing the mailboxes!

| August 17, 2020

This isn’t even a mailbox the public can use! Photo credit: @BleachDaiquiri via Twitter

Remember the United States Postal Service? That group of mail carriers that nobody thought much of any more. They’ve been in the red for decades now, and both sides of the aisle think it’s an issue. One thing the postal service has been doing the last several years is cut back on un-needed services. Routes can be trimmed if they cut back on the ubiquitous blue mailbox. I know a very convenient one in my neighborhood was removed years ago. It’s only common sense to cut back on underutilized resources. It wasn’t controversial in the least.

Here comes 2020. The already fiscally challenged agency was threatened by COVID. Suddenly then, it became necessary for universal mail-in voting to get shoved down the entire country’s throat. Now, to some, any time they see one of these mailboxes removed, a route changed, or any other cost cutting measure that’s been employed by multiple administrations it’s a sign of Orange Man Bad.

This is the powder keg of pending outrage that went up in hysterics over the weekend. Someone saw a mailbox being removed, posted it online, and got everyone all worked up. This is more evidence that Trump is stealing the election! They screech.

Well, the local news in Oregon looked into it. They weren’t removing mailboxes, they were replacing old ones. The instant outrage really needs to stop. We also need to teach critical thinking skills.

Source; The Post Millennial 

Category: 2020 Election, Who knows

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  1. A Proud Infidel®™️ says:

    I simply assume that this is the media’s next panic/crisis du jour!

  2. 5th/77th FA says:

    The demonrats needs them excess mail boxes to stash all the excess mail in ballots that are pre marked for d-rat candidates. That way, come election day the yellow journalists can video all of the tame union member demonrat postal workers picking up said mail in ballots for legit counting.

    Tried to hire on with the USPS way back yonder. Wasn’t dark enough and had the wrong kind of plumbing. Heard that quite a bit during them days. No sign, but short haired freaky boys need not apply. ‘Specially ones that had recently worn a green suit. I do have several Compatriots that were hired by them after they discovered that they had to have at least a “few good light skinned men” to get the work done. One just recently retired and he had told me stories and ‘splained why some folks that worked there would “go postal.” Lot of it has to do with that whole entitlement mentality that many of the employees seem to have. But, again, I digress.

    I use their services, but not for voting. My local office does a bang up job and goes out of their way to do good customer service. Can take stuff in there that may be going to Florida, NE, SD, or CA and my man will pick out the best box for it to ride in, pack it, and send it on it’s way. And it’s reasonable. Going to the big POs in the Big City? BONK!!! WRONG ANSWER! Slack, slovenly, don’t give a damn…NEXT!

    You right Mason, just one more way they can try and screech out ORANGE MAN BAD!!!! According to my man at the PO, one reason they were in the red before was all of the upper level dead weight they were carrying. The latest cause is from having to prefund the retirement system for said executives. But they do got enough money to replace all of the Company Mail Carrier Trucks. That would make a nice follow up article for you to post.

  3. The Stranger says:

    Hmmm…brings back something from my misspent youth. A young Stranger may or may not have been convinced by an older cousin to drop a lit pack of Thunder-Bomb firecrackers (16 skinny little firecrackers) into a mailbox on a New Year’s Eve sometime in the early 80’s.

    • 5th/77th FA says:

      So, Pappy, THAT’S where the “check is in the mail” is. Now we know. And all of this time, I thought that you have cashed it to buy a 12 pack of Yuengling. I think that box is still on the corner with the “out of order” sign still attached.

  4. Jay says:

    Why did I read this in Steve Martin’s “He hate’s these oil can’s!” voice?

  5. Jarhead says:

    How complicated would it be to request ideas from the public as to how USPS could save money? My first suggestion would be for all USPS patrons to take notice of the HEAVILY REDUCED rate given the the constant junk mailers. Try looking at what the postage was paid on the next dozen weekly letters from DISH Satellite T V. Continued junk mail should be billed in full to the sender. Let them pay it and write it off as their typical expense, but without the giveaway rate they receive. I don’t care how many millions of pieces of junk mail DISH and others send weekly. We cancelled our DISH service nearly five years ago. Just got tired of paying $74.99 per month when we only watched five or six out of 240 channels.

    • Mason says:

      I remember watching an episode of Ripley’s (Jack Palance-era) where they did a story on a guy who heated his whole house with nothing but junk mail. He had like three or four PO Boxes and would burn that junk for all his heating needs.

    • Steve 1371 says:

      I got rid of Dish after they took away RFD TV from my subscription. That was many years ago and I have not missed subsidizing all the other crap they expected me to watch. I have no interest in making monthly payments to peoples retirements that I can not stand.

  6. 5th/77th FA says:

    This explains a lot about the whys, where fors, and workings of the USPS!

  7. The word Mail is sexist like Policeman, Fireman, Airman, Man all battle stations, Manpower, Etc.

  8. Sapper3307 says:

    Trump put shaving cream in my mailbox in 04.
    I have it on video

  9. rgr769 says:

    The USPS has been removing mailboxes for over 20 years. When they receive less than 25 mailed items per day (or week, I don’t recall which) for some period of time, the box is removed to save the cost of having a driver service the box. Anyone here ever fail to mail a bill payment because the corner mailbox was removed? The D-rats dream up this bogus shit and then focus group it. Some D-rat operatives came up with this mailbox hoax right after Trump said he was opposed to the D-rats mail-in only election plans.

    With the decline in mailed letters because people now use e-mail instead of snail mail, there is no need for all the neighborhood mailboxes we had 20 or 30 years ago. Even the people I knew who were determined letter writers haven’t mailed a letter to anyone in dozens of years. Except for business, government, and commercial mail, no one needs to send a letter to anyone with a computer.

    • Mason says:

      Finding a mailbox is getting to be almost as hard as finding a pay phone.

    • Except for business, government, and commercial mail, no one needs to send a letter to anyone with a computer, except me rgr769. I mail out my monthly car lease payment, FPL (electric) and condo maintenance bills pus mail order stuff that I need like a hole in the head. I used to mail in my health insurance, ATT and Verizon bills but I had to have them use the ACH withdrawal on my checking and credit card due to mail problems. I use a Smith corona portable typewriter and a Paymaster 8500 series mechanical check writer.

      • rgr769 says:

        Hey, I limited it. I also mail out checks to pay almost all my bills. But like most people, I don’t need to use a USPS neighborhood mailbox to get them in the mail. I merely drop them in the mailbox at the grocery store. Or, occasionally I drop them in a drive-up box at the post office. Like I said, who failed to make a payment and defaulted because there wasn’t a mailbox on the corner?

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        It’s the stamps, you know. I still have those “forever stamps” for USS Missouri and it’s likely I’ll never use them, period.

      • NHSparky says:

        Truth.

        I haven’t written a paper check since my mother passed.

        1 book of 25 checks would last me 3-4 years.

  10. Mustang Major says:

    There are more FedEx and UPS drop off boxes than USPS mail drops. Go figure.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Ooh, ooh, OOH which means that the evil Capitalist TrumpChimpyBushHitlerCheneyHalliburtonPence political machine is HELL BENT on eliminating the US Postal Service thus putting THOUSANDS of innocent hardworking US Government Employees out on the streets begging for their next meal while the evil Capitalist system PROFITS from the masses!!!

  11. Twist says:

    The left sure loves them some conspiracy theories.

  12. Commissar says:

    They have been in the red because Neo liberal corporatists led by a Republican senate passed laws forcing the Postal Service to fund pensions for 75 years into the future. A ridiculous standard that no private enterprise could ever possibly do.

    They did it to force the postal service to operate in the red as a way of sabotaging it public reputation by claiming it is not able to fund itself So dumb fuck low information dipshits would mindlessly support arguments in favor of privatization of the post office.

    It also so obedient of you to take up yet another Trump talking point while he openly tried to undermine our democratic processes. If you cared about this country and our democracy you would call bullshit on what Trump and his corrupt minion is doing. But, as always, it is loyalty and submission to Trump over all other concerns.

    Mason is just acting as another propagandist in the right wing blogosphere, obediently regurgitating whatever the Trump message of the day is.

    Pathetic.

    I already know the dumb shit that is going to be posted here by the likes of Poe and Mason before I even visit; it is always the daily Trump apologist talking points. Ex tries her best as well but is a bit addled and all over the place.

    • Fyrfighter says:

      Dude, seriously, is there ANYTHING that could happen that you wouldn’t blame President Trump for? I have the definite feeling that if Yellowstone erupted tomorrow, you’d blame it on him… And you wonder why you have ZERO credibility…. You never miss an opportunity to beclown yourself and prove that you’re nothing but a leftist shill. That’s what’s truly pathetic.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Ex tries her best as well but is a bit addled and all over the place. – Lars Taylor, the dumbest MoFo on the planet.

      Shut up, you incredible moron. Just shut up and go play in the corner.

      Obviously, it hasn’t occurred to that dimwitted blowhard Lars Taylor that nobody gives a crap what he thinks or says. Must be desperate for attention.

    • Poetrooper says:

      Well dang, if ol’ Poe isn’t just bustin’ with pride what with learnin’ I’m on Short Round’s A-Team…proof certain that I’m on target most of the time…😂🤣😂

      • 5th/77th FA says:

        Poe, I was thinking that if he would just shove a bangalore up his ass and pull the det cord, he could be all over the place too.

    • Ex-PH2 says:

      Oviously, Herr Dimbeam up there doesn’t understand that government entities are not required to show a profit or even break even. If they’re over-budget (and name one that is not), so be it. That’s how the military alone gets more funding for its next annual budgeting period.

      Use it up, or lose it, period. That means if the coffee in the coffee mess isn’t all used up, the division/department/whatever orders 10% more than they ordered for the previous budgeting period.

      Accountancy isn’t all that hard to understand, unless you just don’t understand that the entire government is a not-for-profit organization and has been for about 254 years.

    • NHSparky says:

      Dayum, Dipshit.

      Can I get some of whatever the fuck you’re smoking?

    • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

      President Trump has faced backlash over recent measures the U.S. Postal Service has taken to reduce service as November’s election approaches, including removing mail collection boxes from street locations. But eliminating mailboxes is nothing new and something that took place quite a bit during the Obama administration.

      A pair of USPS inspector general reports provide details regarding the removal of thousands of mailboxes in the U.S., and during Obama’s second term people complained that too many mailboxes were taken away.

      Reading is fundamental, Lars… try it sometime.

    • Mason says:

      Coming from you, this is high praise.

    • SFC D says:

      Such a sad, miserable little man. Trump has broken him.

  13. Commissar says:

    And all of you who are on board with the profitable everything movement have clearly never tried to get an essential piece of equipment repaired in a combat zone. A repair that could easily be done at the unit level has to be sent across the country, using tow or three full combat convoys to a major FoB where a contractor that works for the company that made it can fix it. A contractor that takes weeks to fix it and the US taxpayer pays 400-500% what they would pay a soldier to do the same job.

    Or paid attention to the fact that the privatization of military TDY travel led to a 400% increase in the average cost of a round trip TDY for military members within 3 years of roll out.

    All the privatization of the post office will do is lead to yet another massive wealth transfer from US taxpayers to the crony corporatist donor class.

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      FedEx, UPS, and other carriers can easily provide the service at better reliability and lower net cost. The only reason they do not currently provide that service is a government imposed monopoly that was intended as a patronage scheme.

      It’s a dinosaur. Let it go.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Those entities don’t deliver bills or letters, 11B. They only deliver packages shipped by them. They have nothing that corresponds to delivering daily mail, and frankly, with those crapyweasel porch pirates that seem to infest neighborhoods like overblown cockroaches, I’d rather they didn’t deliver that kind of mail.

        Where would they put it? Are you operating under the assumption that everyone gets bills by electronic delivery? If so, that’s a massive mistake, because not everyone is online and not everyone wants that kind of thing. If the power goes out, or your computer gets zapped by something, what then?

        And do you really want personal letters and things like birthday cards and post cards delivered by Fed Ex drivers or UPS people? I certainly don’t want that.

        • 11B-Mailclerk says:

          They are forbidden bylaw from handling “first class mail”.

          Lift that government imposed rule and they would provide the service. It probably would not be for the cost of a current stamp, but the current stamp is backed by other people’s taxes. The private carriers would charge the costs to the sender.

          They also would not be subsidizing junk mail, so -far- less junk mail.

    • Ret_25X says:

      “crony corporatist donor class”

      Oh, you mean billionaire democrats!

      Blindness much, Kummissar?

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      Keep the laughs a-coming, Major Moonbat!!! I heard from a reliable source that you tried to join The Lonely Hearts Club but they sent you your picture and profile back with a message saying “We’re not THAT lonely!!!!!”

    • Ret_25X says:

      I have, Lars…in fact, I RAN the ELM for Iraq. Guess what? Not a single part was ever delivered via US Mail.

      Why?

      Because we could get parts from Tobyhanna, PA, NEXT DAY via FEDEX.

      USPS not could not do this, they will never even try.

      Even their “next day” domestic mail is not “next day”.

      Also, when equipment breaks and requires repair and your unit does not have the parts required on your PLL, that is the fault of a Commander.

      No one else.

      • Claw says:

        Ah, PLL, now you’re talking right up my alley. I was a PLL Clerk for nine years. Would love to have a discussion with Short Round about how to run it./s

        • KoB says:

          Just take standard form number/# number#/, cross out machine gun and write in pizza oven.

          • Fyrfighter says:

            Haha, nice MASH reference!… But remember you can’t have an incubator!

          • Claw says:

            Aw, c’mon now. You have to be precise if you expect to get anything out of Quartermaster./s

            Henry asked “You guys got any pizza requisition forms?”

            CPT Sloan answered “Just use the Standard S stroke 1798 and write in “Pizza” where it says “Machine Gun.”

  14. Commissar says:

    And the notion that the post office should be profitable is already bullshit propaganda of the privatization movement.

    The post office is a public service specifically enumerated In the constitution. It was not created by law after the fact, it was a service that the government is constitutionally required to provide.

    It is essentially fundamental to the social contract of our nation.

    The fact the suddenly, weeks before the election, the president is trying to undermine it and you are trying to claim it is justified by its lack of profitability is utter mindless crap.

    • Sapper3307 says:

      Catch me at Blockbusters later, the VHS tapes are out.

    • Jarhead says:

      PULLLLLEEEEZEEE Lars, get back on your meds!

    • 11B-Mailclerk says:

      It’s been a basket case for over thirty years, and it is mainly taxpayer subsidized junk mail that most folks don’t want

    • Green Thumb says:

      Its a line-item set-aside budget.

      Taxpayers technically do not fund it so the stimulus plan / monies do not effect it. (outside of APO mail, which tax dollars are used).

      Its outdated, employee-heavy and email is destroying it (as are Fed EX and UPS).

      But all of that aside, it (USPS) is about as American as apple pie.

      • Ex-PH2 says:

        Pony Express used to charge a horrifyingly expensive $0.50 per half ounce to deliver the mail.

        I think that’s about what we pay now for postage stamps, but there are no pony riders left to glamorize the job.

        • 5th/77th FA says:

          Was gonna be one of my stops on the road trip. Another nice one in St Joseph MO. where the HQ was. That too was planned.

          https://www.ponyexpressstation.org/

        • Ex-PH2 says:

          Is that a hint, Knight Rider?

          • 5th/77th FA says:

            Could be. Lawd willing & I live that long and can put the logistics back together Imma gonna make that ride. As I had posted, I was planning on seeing totally different things/routes than from other trips AND making sure I saw stuff I didn’t have time for previously. The FIRST Transcontinental Telegraph AND Railroad lines followed the original Pony Express Routes for a good ways. Same Guys, Russell and Waddell that ran freight wagons that way started the Express. Research how quick they built that telegraph line if you want a Holy Sh^t moment. Used to use some of those figures to motivate the placing crews when we were string new lines or rebuilding from storm damage. IIRC right at $10.00 to mail a letter from St Jo to San Fran back then.

    • Ret_25X says:

      hahahahahahahaha!

      Oh, you’re serious?

      hahahahahahahahahaha!

      What a hack moron you are.

      having a public service is NOT the same as having a democrat run failure.

      The USPS has NEVER been good at either delivering mail OR managing its budget.

      We have had cyclic USPS funding panics since the 1950s.

      Wake up and smell reality. You might find it refreshing.

    • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

      HEY Major Moonbat, if you truly are the expert that your try to tell everyone here you are (and we know the truth) then you would be able to tell about how Government entities WASTE tax dollars by the dump truck load, you lose yet again!

    • Poetrooper says:

      Short Round says, “The post office is a public service specifically enumerated In (sic) the constitution.”

      But…but…but…I thought you and your little lefty pals all believe that the Constitution is a living breathing document that simply must be changed whenever necessary to address the contemporary needs of the nation.

      Or does that apply only when it suits your Democrat narrative?

      • A Proud Infidel®™ says:

        I truly think it’s the latter like when libtard moonbats claim that President Trump is some dictator wannabe every time he signs an Executive order while the same lefties creamed their jeans every time his predecessor did so!

      • HMCS(FMF) ret says:

        Lars’ deepest, darkest fantasy is to wipe his butt with the Constitution…

    • Ret_25X says:

      “specifically enumerated in the constitution”

      Nope. You might actually read it someday instead of getting your hot take from Moscow Maddy.

      The constitution empowers congress to establish post offices, but does not REQUIRE the USPS.

      Like all left wing dingbats, you never know what the hell you are talking about.

      I’m betting you still believe in muh russia too.

      How’s it feel to be a tool?

    • Toxic Deplorable Racist SAH B Woodman says:

      Continue on, Barf-Breath.
      I had to do a little search and research on that. Article 1, Section 8, one line, all it says is that the government has to build and maintain post offices and post roads. Nothing about providing the postal service itself. Privitize the postal service. Let the private service use, maintain, even pay rent on the buildings, trucks, whatever. But get the FedGov out of the postal business.

  15. Green Thumb says:

    The “Philmonkressity” of this situation is just to much to ignore…

  16. 26Limabeans says:

    One day Johnny Ragucci tried to put his neighbors
    cat in the corner mailbox. It got stuck halfway,
    jammed in the flapper door. We all ran away leaving
    the poor cat with it’s head sticking out the door.
    Mrs. Jacobson called the Fire Department and they used
    a tool to remove the door and rescue the cat.

    Many years later I saw one of those boxes made into
    wood stove. It was beautiful and loaded through the
    top just like the old parlor stoves.

  17. Hack Stone says:

    Everyone is up in arms about Donald Trump stealing mailboxes in the middle of the night, but where was the outrage when the world Corporate Headquarters of a proud but humble woman owned business that sells software to the federal government had to deal with the indignity of not having a door on their mailbox?