USPS Jerry-Rigs Amazon Package To Your Mailbox

Who knew mailmen were so crafty?

Josh arrived home to find the mailman had managed to still stuff his Amazon delivery in his mailbox, despite the box being larger than the mail slot.

By ingeniously affixing a simple rubber band to the mail flag and the lip of the mailbox, the mailman created a sling capable of holding much wider boxes.


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  1. McRib wants to know if you've been saved by the Holy Clown says:

    Win o/

  2. Oranges w/ Cheese says:

    Wow, must be really cold or he must have a lava moat or something – take it to the door!

    • MonkeyMonk says:

      Ditto! I must have a really good mailperson because she brings anything that doesn’t fit in the mailbox right up to the front door . . . and we’ve got a 400 foot driveway. If I’m home I’ll meet her at the garage, otherwise she walks it right to the door and leaves it under an overhang so it’s protected from the elements.

      She’s going to get a big tip from me this Xmas.

      • MamaBug says:

        this is consumerist! don’t say the “t” word….lol :)
        sounds like you have an awesome mailperson, tho!

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        will you share your mail delivery person? mine won’t even ring the bell when i am clearly home and there’s a package. i’ve heard the truck, gone to the door and watched her automatically put the redelivery slip in the mailbox without even trying.
        when i come outside, she doesn’t say hi, she says “where’s your dog?” which is kind of silly since he doesn’t ever come out the front of the house and she can only hear him barking from inside the fenced backyard.

    • ArcanaJ says:

      This, exactly. It’s not like the driveway leads through mirkwood forest before you get to the porch.

    • backinpgh says:

      lol @ lava moat!

    • hypochondriac says:

      Lava moat, I’m guessing your playing Minecraft

  3. spindle789 says:

    That’s just asking to be stolen, hanging out of the mailbox like that.

    • OmniZero says:

      But if it was sent via USPS and is stolen, that person has just committed a federal crime! Not enough to deter of course, but worth remembering if your mail is ever stolen and you find out who did it.

      • JulesNoctambule says:

        Funny thing is, most of the stolen mail for my neighbourhood finds its last destination at the Sketch Post Office Even USPS Workers Hate, which unfortunately is the base for our zip code. Everything from mortgage payments to a box of clothing to a child’s playhouse has gone missing there.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      But if it was on the doorstep, no one will touch it, right?

      • Mighty914 says:

        Probably less likely. It’s a lot easier to take something and run away when you’re already on the street. Some people’s houses (my parents for example) have a doorstep that’s a few hundred feet off the street…probably the reason the mailman was too lazy to go there in the first place.

    • kenj0418 says:

      It looks like a trap for mail thieves. Pull out the package and the jaws slam shut on you. :-)

    • lordargent says:

      It’s likely to get smashed by hooligans.

  4. Grogey says:

    That’s awesome

  5. FatLynn says:

    I think that’s better than randomly tossing it somewhere.

    Of course, I want to know what was inside, because odds are good that the postman went to all that trouble because Amazon badly packaged the world’s tiniest novel or something.

  6. dcarrington01 says:

    Certainly beats how my UPS guy “hides” our packages in our garbage dumpster. Still don’t understand how stuffing a box with $500 of stuff in it, into the garbage dumpster (wheeled one for a house) on garbage day when the streets are lined with them, was a good idea….

    • dwhole says:

      Our mail carrier has a habit of putting “could not deliver, no answer” notices for few registered mail packages, small packages to boot, when I’ve been home. I saw them drive past my house, deliver to the block’s mail box, drive back past my house (a dead end street), and found the notices waiting for me. Plus, our post office is out of the way for me. They wonder why they need money – they’re paying for mail having to be handled more than necessary. The USPS needs a major overhaul.

      • SabreDC says:

        I honestly have never had a problem with USPS. However, I have nothing but problems with FedEx. Last week, I was at home and I saw that a package I was expecting was on the truck for delivery. I took my laptop and sat on my living room couch right by our window so I can see when FedEx was arriving.

        The FedEx guy came from his truck without even carrying the package and stuck a “No answer, please wait for the next delivery” sticker on my door and walked away. When I opened the door and called him on it, he went back to the truck and got the package for me and acted like I was in the wrong for making him do work (sighing, being curt, etc). They are, in my opinion, the worst of the worst.

        • xjeyne says:

          I think there’s just shitty employees in every company and you are unfortunate enough to have one of them as your regular driver.

          Sucks but I don’t think you can blame the whole company. Should’ve complained to his superiors!

          • SabreDC says:

            Agreed! Actually, I have complained about this guy before and the management has done a pretty good job of helping (even sending him back out that night with my package after he got back). My complaint was certainly not meant as a complaint against the entire FedEx company but more against the specific drivers with my local FedEx branch.

            But overall, I definitely agree with you. Every company has its share of bad employees.

      • Woraug says:

        I love my UPS driver. Whenever I get a package thats too big to fit between my front door and screen door, he’ll leave a note (on the lower part of the door, so it can’t be seen from the outside) that says like “package in back under lawn chairs” or on the occasions I’ve gotten rather large packages, he’ll leave them out back inside my unlocked (and on cinder blocks) old car.

    • Stubtify says:

      Did you actually see your mailman put it in the trash? Maybe it was kids in the neighborhood who would do something like that?

  7. obits3 says:

    Quick! Somebody call UPS, I have to tell them about this …

  8. larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

    This is nothing new in my neighborhood. I’m not sure how the mailperson makes the decision on whether to deliver to the front door, side door or use the rubber bands though.

    Oh wait, if it’s inclement weather, they always skip the covered front porch, that’s a given.

    • lucky13 says:

      Exactly – my USPS carrier is fine but if I get something from UPS, they invariably leave it on the patio by the back door (usually in winter when I don’t normally use the patio) without a note or anything to tell me it’s there – this means they ignore the covered porch and walk all the way around the house to leave the package laying in the snow!

    • 339point4 says:

      Nothing new here either. I routinely find that USPS has used my rural mailbox flag to attach a package in some manner. Sometimes it’s rubber-banded on (as in the picture) and other times the package is nestled in a plastic shopping bag that is left hanging from the flag.

      I was actually startled yesterday when the mailman took the time to drive up my driveway and hand deliver a fairly small package from Amazon that didn’t fit in the box.

  9. redskull says:

    Reminds me of years ago when I was in the Columbia Record Club (remember them? 10 records for a penny!).

    The mailman delivered a large box with a record album inside (12″ square). Instead of setting it on the porch like he was supposed to, he decided to save time by precariously balancing the package on the opened door of the mailbox and driving off. Luckily I was home, saw it and brought it into the house before a car flew by and blew the package off the mailbox and into the road.

  10. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Who is this Jerry the Rigger?

  11. Sunflower1970 says:

    Weird. This is the second time I’ve seen it. First time was yesterday on thereifixedit.failblog.org:
    http://thereifixedit.failblog.org/2010/11/03/white-trash-repairs-neither-snow-nor-rain/

  12. crashman2600 says:

    My old mailman used to do this all the time. He was very inventive with rubber bands.

  13. markrubi says:

    I think it would have taken the same amount of time to get out and walk it to the porch. Last week my carrier placed a package on my porch, but also put my mail with it. Here in Okie land it’s usually blowin harder than trick on S. Robinson. My mail could have easily gone with the wind. Both of these are just a case of lazy over paid USPS workers. I’m not saying all are lazy.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      But all are overpaid?

      • markrubi says:

        Yes they are over paid IMO. Why do you think the USPS tries to get more for a stamp every year it seems?

        • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

          Because mail service has dropped significantly. Without even knowing their salaries, it’s tough to say A) They are overpaid, and B) That is the cause for needing a price rise in postage.

  14. MaxSmart32 says:

    This reminds me of how the mailperson at my house CREASES my magazines to fit them in the slot. I checked, they fit just FINE not being CREASED. These are magazines I save (collectable automobile car magazines that I use for reference) and I am also very anal-retentive about such things. Seriously!

    • BuyerOfGoods3 says:

      This is likely from the Sorting, not the delivering into your mailbox. Stacks and stacks of mail – the chances of magazines getting “Creased” are not slim.

      …Tell me you were kidding about how much it irritates you.

    • Etoiles says:

      In my last apartment, we had reasonably-sized mailboxes at the bottom of the stairs (as many apartment buildings do). You could easily get several days’ worth of magazines and letters in there without crushing, creasing, or severely bending any.

      And yet I came downstairs one day to find that my birthday cards had been *crushed into a ball* and shoved in the mailbox. Seriously. Firm, many-layered Hallmark products, decisively crushed into balls for no good reason.

    • quijote says:

      You should just leave a note in your mailbox explaining that they’re part of your collection. I’m sure the mailperson would understand. Just be sure to be extra nice about it.

      Which reminds me, when I was a kid, I remember that my parents used to give our mailman a Christmas card. They’d do that for the dentist, our teachers, our neighbors, etc. They were atheists, so they weren’t proselytizing. Do people still do that kind of thing?

  15. BuyerOfGoods3 says:

    Nice. My USPS delivery man rocks, too. I try to send anything I can via USPS to give them business (well, not letters—who pays almost 50 cents for a stamp? C’mon).

    Luckily I live in the country – and haven’t had any packages stolen yet. Sometimes they’re on top of the mailbox, sometimes just inside our fence, sometimes they even drive all the way up our 1/4 mile long driveway to place it under a carport or just outside our house fence.

    Really — Awesome USPS delivery people out here in the boondocks.

    • buckeyegoose says:

      Im not in the boondocks, but I agree with everything else you say, UPS can die and bloody burning death, its USPS or FedEx for me.

  16. dorianh49 says:

    Isn’t it “jury-rigged”?

  17. buckeyegoose says:

    Mine does that if its a sub, while my normal guy will drive up the 300ft driveway and actually leave it on my porch. It started with her putting packages in grocery bags, and has now moved to using her excess rubberbands. I told Tony, my normal carrier about that, and he just laught and said that sounds like her.

  18. CBenji says:

    So what happens if the mailman is the next guy to show up, how does he actually put bills in the box?

  19. rahntwo says:

    Thats better than Fedex hanging our last package on our neighbors pasture gate a half mile from our house.

  20. SharkD says:

    Depending on which letter carrier is covering our route (via truck, by the way) on a particular day, packages can end up on our porch, in front of our garage door (my wife ran over one of them, one evening), or rubber-banded to the mailbox as shown in the photo.

    There is one constant, however: if the mail carrier decided to rubber-band it to the mailbox, it will, undoubtedly, rain that day, soaking the package and a mailbox full of invariably important mail.

    We live inside city limits, in a city of ~260,000 and are less than two miles from our post-office, but we have a curb-side mailbox.

  21. VectorVictor says:

    ‘Jerry’ rig? I’ve heard of Jury Rig (even doing that currently in Fallout: New Vegas), but not ‘Jerry’ rig…

    …regional variation, I take it?

    • SharkD says:

      Actually, it dates to the Allied campaign against Rommel’s Afrika Corps during WWII’s North Africa Campaign.

      The British referred to the Wehrmacht’s frequent use of improvised fuel storage systems, in order to extend the range of their vehicles, as ‘Jerry-rigs’ (which is also why large, rectangular fuel containers are called ‘Jerry cans’).

  22. omg says:

    USPS would consider it a fail, they think they have a monopoly on the interior and exterior of your mailbox.

  23. kathygnome says:

    Honestly, I’m a bit surprised to find this here. I see arrangements like this on a daily basis. It’s just part of “rural route” delivery.

    • dru_zod says:

      Same here. I’ve seen this done many times at my mailbox. The current mail carrier brings large packages to the front porch (after coming up the long, steep, gravel driveway), but most of them have either done exactly what this article describes or they have put the package in a plastic bag and hung it on the mailbox door. A very common thing around here.

  24. dosdelon says:

    This happened to me as well, but in my case the box was attached to the side of my mailbox with 2 rubber bands. I would much prefer it if they would leave it at my door, especially since I have shrubs in front of my entrance so you can’t see that something is there.

  25. Geekybiker says:

    That says “Hey hoodlums, come steal my package!” more than anything.

  26. Pax says:

    Fail. The package is not protected from inclement weather. The delivery person should have left one of those “we have a package for you, come to the post office to pick it up” slips, instead.

  27. gedster314 says:

    In my experience, that’s actually above average. Where I live, my mailbox is in one of those multiboxes where the postman fills them from behind. The problem is that on the customer side there is a lip, so when the mailman crams catalogs, books or packages in it, I can not get anything out of mailbox. I have to wait for the next and hope that I can catch the postman so that I can get my stuff out. I have had textbooks stuffed into my box and destroyed. If something needs a signature, fear not…lazy postal worker to rescue, he signs it for me. Some days if he doesn’t want to sign, he just leaves a note that I have to go to the post office. Never mind that the mailbox is in front of my house and the garage door is open and someone is obviously home.

    I have complained to the local Postmaster and it gets better for a month or two and then it’s back to the same old games. My mailman needs to be fired but 10+ years of service trumps complaining customers.

  28. Fred says:

    I live in a rural area with a long driveway and this is very common. It’s either that or I have to go to the PO on Saturday to pick it up.

  29. miss_roxxan says:

    USPS rubberbanded an LP mailer to my doorhandle at my apartment. I still don’t understand why they didn’t just put it on the floor leaning against the door. They made the rubberband so tight it caused the record sleeve to crease. Ugh.

  30. ElizabethD says:

    Vocabulary fail.

  31. topgun says:

    I had FedEx just toss a box next to the mailbox…in a winter snow storm. Had I not seen about an inch of the plastic bag sticking out of the drift, I may not have found the package until spring.
    On the other hand when the USPS brings a package to my business, they leave the letters in the mail box. Since they’re making the trip inside, couldn’t they just have easily brought in the envelopes?

  32. DerangedKitsune says:

    Total fail. This is nothing more than an open invite to unscrupulous passers by.

  33. ryber says:

    I say the mailman wanted whatever was in the box, and was hoping that the owner was away so he could reclaim it the next day. The flag is up, after all…

  34. Darkneuro says:

    I said ‘fail’, but it happens to my mother all the time. Me? I’m lucky. We’re in a very small, very old (1942!) neighborhood, meaning narrow, one way streets with on-the-street parking. My postman parks at one end, loads up his sack, goes down one side, then up our side. He walks packages to the door, and is there no matter what the weather. Last winter, he was out in a huge snow delivering. We were having cocoa and he took a little warm-up break with us. Our mailman ROCKS!