Disappearing Mailboxes

OTISFIELD, Maine -- It's David vs Goliath in a town in Maine.

The 1,700 citizens of Otisfield are fighting the U.S. Postal Service over the town's only mailbox.

For the moment, David has the edge.

Otisfield doesn't have a post office or a ZIP code.

And residents say they're not about to give up their mailbox without a fight.

When a postal worker showed up to remove the box this week, town officials blocked his way.

And the town's road commissioner blocked the box with heavy-duty machinery so it couldn't be removed while folks were asleep.

They've also called lawmakers and there's a "Save Our US Mailbox" sign outside Town Hall.

Nationwide, more than 188,000 mail boxes have been removed as underutilized due to a drop-off in the volume of mail.

Postal officials say the Otisfield box averages only six pieces of mail a
day, far below the 25-letter break-even point.

For now, though, they've decided to leave it alone.


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  • by Yes, save the mailbox on Jul 18, 2009 at 04:14 PM
    What in the world? Give us an address, we will send mail to the box!! Save the Mailbox!!
  • by cabarrusneighbors.com Location: NC on Jul 18, 2009 at 11:42 AM
    Perhaps the post office would do better to find ways of increasing & improving service. After all isn't that what we pay them to do? If I pay for a stamp and place it on a letter addressed to this town it is their legal obligation to see that it gets there. Digging up their only postal contact is not a solution it creates a bigger problem. The postmaster has the exclusive responsibility to secure and transfer the US mail; so do it. Twitter cabarrusdotcom
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