The USPS is "persuading" rural customers in one state to upgrade their mailbox or else. A recent "Don't Waste Your Money" column on ABC WCPO Channel 9
in Cincinnati covered the story that has hundreds of residents in Northern Kentucky concerned.
The letter reportedly stated, "We strongly encourage you to upgrade your mailbox to a jumbo-sized mailbox to avoid missed packages this holiday season."
The US Postal Service told the columnist, John Matarese, it is suggesting, not demanding, that rural customers purchase new extra-large boxes, known as T-4 boxes. "The USPS says it does not want to leave boxes sitting at the end of a long driveway, especially in rural areas where its delivery people are told not to drive up long private driveways."
Matarese said the USPS will leave a note instructing residents to pick up packages at their local post office if they don't purchase the larger-sized mailbox.
The following comment from Susan W. Wright, USPS Corp Communications appears at the bottom of the article:
"We apologize for any confusion relating to the letter residents in Williamstown received about next generation mailboxes. The letter suggested customers may wish to install the larger mailboxes but did not state there was a requirement to change mail receptacles.
"Next generation mailboxes are popular with customers and are designed hold multiple packages, letters, and magazines. As ecommerce and the corresponding package delivery continues to increase, the larger mailboxes provide additional convenience to customers, particularly during the holiday season."
From a seller's point of view, which is better if a package won't fit in a standard mailbox: leave it near the mailbox located a distance from the home? Or force the recipient to drive to the post office to pick it up?