Some P.E.I. residents woke up Tuesday morning to find their new community mailboxes frozen shut, because Canada Post wasn’t able to weatherproof them all before temperatures plunged below zero.
“There’s been a lot of people stopped,” said Mary Sharkey, who tried twice — unsuccessfully — to retrieve her mail from a community mailbox on Valdane Avenue in Charlottetown.
“They’re taking their keys, and trying to put them in, and fidgeting, and wondering, what the heck is going on?”
Residents had been using the boxes for a month without issue — but Monday’s wet conditions combined with frigid temperatures overnight left some customers frozen out.