Video: USPS Nixes Delivery To Some Brooklyn Residents With Low Mail Slots In Doors

Update: after a lot of negative publicity, the USPS has apparently backed off on its demands:

U.S. Postal Service officials agreed to resume delivery in the Brooklyn neighborhood, where dozens of residents were threatened with the permanent loss of home delivery and ordered to install mail boxes that were easier for the carrier to reach, Assemblyman Dov Hikind said.

“The mail will go through,” Hikind (D-Borough Park) said in a statement.

A customer-service manager at the 51st St. post office sent letters to area households, outlining the draconian demands and saying the change was needed to prevent injury to the carrier.

New York Daily News

Original story:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Some Brooklyn residents with mail slots in their doors are not getting their mail.

Hundreds of Borough Park residents were first told by their local carrier that their mail slots are too low and later received letters from their local post office saying that their mailboxes are not in compliance and need to be relocated, according to Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn)

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  • Tn Rural Carrier

    This is what Darrell Issa & Patrick Donahoe are proposing to do to everyone. No house deliveries with all mail delivered to a box at the end of the street or subdivision. If you don’t want this to happen, contact your Congressman & Senator and tell them to stop the Issa madness from happening. The USPS is NOT LOSING MONEY. The paper losses are caused by Congress placing a pre-funding health care burden on the USPS that no other government agency has to pay. If Congress would take this away, USPS would be profitable and none of this “money saving” nonsense would be taking place.

  • GrannySmith

    I was a clerk, city carrier and then a rural carrier.
    Mail slots should be few and far between. Curbside is most efficient without pushing the anger button on patrons. Move most delivery to the street, Most new HOA neighborhoods are opting for cluster boxes over curbside boxes to block what they consider unsightly curbside boxes.
    I live 1 mile off the main road on a dead end. Our mailboxes were once on the main road. I was carrier and got them relocated closer to the homes. I wished I had left them on the main road now that I am retired and see things as they are now.

  • MikeS

    Don’t understand the “low mail slots” in the title. Based on the video it looks more likely that the carrier doesn’t want to walk up all the steps. Most of the mailboxes they showed were not that low, although they did show one slot that that was low. However, throw a 20 pounds of mail on your shoulder and bend down like that and see what it does to your back after a while.

  • happytobealiveindover

    If the residents have been getting delivery in their mail slots right along for years, then the USPS just cant stop delivery and make you relocate your box. Call your congressman, or senator. I would not want my mail box on the street either. Fight it! I’ve been a letter carrier for 15 years and a Postmaster in the Navy for 20 years. This is just total bullshit, and the post office and letter carriers should be ashamed of themselves.