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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