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I bought a ranch style home for myself and my two daughters nearly six years ago. Unfortunately, two of the bedrooms face the front of the home and the neighbourhood Post Office is seem to think that it's okay to drop past the windows with the mail instead of using the sidewalk. I have asked the Postal Carrier(s) nicely to refrain from walking on the lawn in the front of our home and to use the sidewalk instead, but so far my words appear to have fallen on deaf ears.

As if I need to explain this simple request, I had a spinal fusion surgery and was laid up in bed for months in one of the rooms at the front of the house. My ignorant Postal Carrier walks right in front of my bedroom window each day because he is presumably too lazy to take any other route! I explained to him when I was a child, I was taught there was a public side and a private side of a sidewalk. I learned what "private property" meant. For some reason or other the people working in my local Post Office have no clue what this means!

I have personally asked the postal carriers to stay off my lawn for the simple fact they are making a path and ruining the lawn, let alone depriving me of the privacy that I am entitled to in my home! After numerous calls to the Post Office and notes on my mailbox or around my property, do you think anyone over at the Post Office actually understands? No, it would appear they do not!

Foot on a lawn After yet another phone call today, I am told "This is the first I have heard about it... and sometimes the carrier needs to take shortcuts to be able to deliver all the mail in one day..."

Excuses and more excuses, they can't even understand why I am upset by this! This has been going on for six years. I do have multiple sclerosis! and I am being as calm as I can be. I even went so far as to send my mail somewhere else because the situation is so ridiculous!

Does anyone have a solution to this? How can I get it through to them that that taking a shortcut through my property is depriving me of my privacy?!

By: Bluesformail


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grumpyoldwoman

grumpyoldwoman

kat, I don't know where you live, but most of us on this site live in the UK.

Our "letterboxes" are mostly slots in our front doors. Added to this, the fact is that most of us no longer have a Post Office within a sensible distance; so unfortunately your suggestion does not apply!
grumpyoldwoman
29th Jan 13 07:16

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kat34

kat34

Leave your box close to the sidewalk people! Or go to the post office to get your own mail. :)
kat34
29th Jan 13 03:47

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bada bing

bada bing

canada post spends mega bucks in training, trainors etc. They " teach" not to cross lawns but that is the first rule that is ignored. Remember, when people are hired as letter carriers, they know they will be delivering outdoors and in all sorts of weather. Accept it. I doubt other canada post employees can use the same excuses to shorten their day and go home 3.5 hours early while still being paid.
bada bing
28th Nov 12 21:53

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localmailcarrier

localmailcarrier

Postal management requires us to cross lawns, plain and simple. I have a long suburban route with big yards. I have gone for years without crossing peoples lawns and using the sidewalks. The other day management conducted a "route travel" to adjust route times. I am now ordered under threat of discipline for "not following instructions" to cross any lawn possible as it is an "obvoius shortcut" and unless we get a note in writing from the customer to not cross their lawn it is to be considered OK. So before everyone keeps going on about the cocky mail carriers who have no respect for the lawn and want to get done early, maybe take a moment to think the real reason why we do it. We get paid by the hour and try to do our jobs the safest way possible, but sometimes people who sit in the offices and never carry mail think they have the best ideas, and sadly we have to follow them if we want to keep our jobs.
localmailcarrier
30th Nov 11 20:23

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NoNoNannette

NoNoNannette

LOL! I Just had another thought..... put out some lawn ornaments, like those plastic flamingos etc.... that would be a riot. Just till they get the idea. LOL!
NoNoNannette
14th Nov 11 18:57

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NoNoNannette

NoNoNannette

Might I suggest putting a tree or potted plant in front of your window or maybe a little wire fence? I am having the same problem but it seems the mail carrier won't walk across the the tiny fence around my porch. I'm thinking about lining my walk way with it because he surely didn't abide by my request when we planted grass seed.
NoNoNannette
14th Nov 11 18:54

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sowhat

sowhat

It`s only a lawn, and privacy what is he on your lawn a full 5 seconds of your day why don`t you grow a heart and be kinder to your fellow man
sowhat
19th Apr 11 23:33

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Fitter

Fitter

Hi I recently purchassed an item and it is being sent out by Royal Mail
The item needs to be returned as I cancelled the purchasse
I chose to do this whithin the 7 days cooling of period
and need to know should I refuse the item and get Royal Mail to return the item or accept it and pay additional postage to send the product back
so was looking for info on my rights to refuse the item and get the Royal Mail to return it to sender without incurring additonal postage charges but I can find no information on this
Fitter
17th Dec 10 04:26

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ajp

ajp

Are you allowed to put up a fence around your property? That should clearly demarcate which is public and which is private property. Sometimes this can act as a psychological deterrent,
ajp
31st Oct 10 22:48

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1982

1982

Helpful blog, bookmarked the website with hopes to read more!
1982
21st Oct 10 08:50

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Joanne

Joanne

Why in the pass have postmen gone on strike, God only knows! Our neighbour is a postman or should I say part-time postman. He goes out the same time as my husband 5.45am and is back home at 12 noon and in bed by 1.00pm until 5.00pm and my husband is still at work at 7.00pm working a 14 hour day. What a life!!!!!!! Our neighbour is also allowed a day off also in the week. How can they strike?????
Joanne
25th Aug 10 20:17

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Rider of the Apocalypse

Rider of the Apocalypse

Anyone noticed that Postman Pat leaves red elastic bands all over the place? (UK Posties). One got caught up in my Flymo the other day and jammed the blade. Litterbugs...
Rider of the Apocalypse
21st Apr 10 12:08

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Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson

I am dealing with the same thing in Fremont, CA, USA. My mail carrier was nice enough to knock on the door after receiving my note requesting that she not walk across the grass. She told me that her supervisors are mandating that they take the shortest route and that they get written up if they don't. She also told me that somehow they have a "right" to walk across my lawn. I will be investigating this further, as it is total BS to me.
Steve Wilson
1st Sep 09 19:27

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Stamped On

Stamped On

Enter the third world. I thought I was in some exotic bazaar in the far east, in the Punjab perhaps. What had I done? Had I rubbed some bottle up the wrong way? No, I was in my local high street's main post office. What a shabby institution that has become, a fine institution reduced by Thatcherist economics to total penury. No one who works in my local Post Office speaks the Queen's English. All of them are foreigners, recent arrivals in the land . Why? The discrimination again hiring local indigenous citizens seems to have probably destroyed the value of the job. No one wanting a real job would want to work there ever again, a career? forget it, 40 years work for a pension not worth the price of a toilet roll, you have got to be kidding.

You have to wait in line like as if you are expecting a hand out from Oxfam, 25 minutes to buy a stamp for Europe. 45 years ago you could have bought the necessary stamps from the machine outside the building. Not anymore.
Stamped On
26th Apr 09 13:20

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jim

jim

I actually do have help for you. In the Postal Carriers union contract it allows for postal workers to cross your yard to aid in their delivery time. That being said, it is also in their contract that if you go to the post office and fill out a paper requesting they not cross your yard they must abide by it. Remind your carrier its in his/her contract. Good luck
jim
31st Jan 09 21:40

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