(Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary)

Just Because It’s Legal To Mail Live Birds Doesn’t Mean You Should Send 15 Baby Chicks To Your Ex

It might sound crazy to some that it’s actually legal to send live birds through the mail (with some strict conditions), but what sounds even nuttier is that a guy reportedly mailed his ex-girlfriend 15 baby chicks in some kind of prank/misguided statement about their break-up. [More]

(Maulleigh)

Report: Breach Of USPS’ Networks Compromises Personal Data Of 2.9M Customers, 750K Employees & Retirees

Let’s all pick our jaws up off the floor because, and I know you won’t believe this, yet another security breach has compromised the personal information of millions of people. The latest in what has become an unfortunate trail of hack attacks has hit the U.S. Postal Service computer system, officials say. [More]

(TheeErin)

Letter Mailed In 1931 Turns Up At Post Office, Gets Delivered 83 Years Late

Like a message in a bottle, tossed up on the shore by the tide after sailing the oceans of time (It’s summer, it’s hot and water sounds awesome), sometimes misdirected mail shows up to remind us of the past. And when it takes 83 years to show up from wherever lost letters go, it’s bound to make for a good story. [More]

(Sven - servant to the canine & feline elite)

Postal Carrier Accused Of Stealing 20,000 Pieces Of Mail, Collecting Credit Cards And Stacks Of DVDs

We’ve heard of mail carriers ditching multiple bags of mail before, but in most of those cases it seemed like the postal worker just didn’t feel like delivering it. But federal authorities say an almost 20-year veteran of the U.S. Postal Service had personal gain in mind when he allegedly stole 20,000 pieces of mail from customers. [More]

Bill Would End Door-Slot Mail Delivery For 15 Million Addresses, Save USPS $2 Billion Annually

Bill Would End Door-Slot Mail Delivery For 15 Million Addresses, Save USPS $2 Billion Annually

A bill that would phase out door-to-door mail delivery over the next decade passed its first hurdle on the way to becoming a law. [More]

(Ron Dauphin)

Postal Workers Preparing To Protest Against Staples’ New In-Store Mailing Services

What’s a postal worker to do when a company that isn’t the United States Postal Service starts offering USPS products and using its own employees to sell those services? Prepare to protest, which is what the American Postal Workers Union is going to do on Thursday at 50 Staples stores. [More]

(Svenstorm)

Mailman Sentenced To Six Months In Prison For Failing To Deliver 44,900 Pieces Of Mail

You know that feeling you get when you see the day’s mail is just a collection of junk — circulars, promotional postcards and credit card offers? One mailman felt that same frustration, only it just made him want to not have to deliver all that stuff and just hide it in his dead mother’s home and a storage facility — about 44,900 pieces of it, all told. [More]

(CBS Los Angeles)

Another Day, Another Delivery Driver Chucking Packages From The Truck Window

Is there some kind of delivery driver discus event in the works that we don’t know about? Because why else would we keep seeing FedEx (not just once, but at least twice), UPS and now United States Postal Service employees chucking packages here, there and everywhere? [More]

(CBS News)

Woman Receives A Birthday Card From Her Parents — That They Mailed In 1969

While neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays the couriers of the United States Postal Service from their appointed rounds, someone’s got some explaining to do as to why a birthday card mailed in 1969 just reached its intended recipient, 45 years later. [More]

He looks kind of sheepish, eh? (KCRG-TV)

Neighborhood Residents Can’t Get Mail Delivered Because Of One Chihuahua

In the latest round of that ancient fight between man and beast that is the tense relationship mail carriers have with residents’ dogs, a Chihuahua (to be fair, a Chihuahua mix) is effectively holding one neighborhood hostage. The United States Postal Service says the local mail carrier can’t deliver mail to a block in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, because the little dog’s reign of terror makes it impossible to do so. [More]

Postal Carrier Accused Of Trashing 1K Pieces Of Mail Because He Didn’t Feel Like Delivering Them

Postal Carrier Accused Of Trashing 1K Pieces Of Mail Because He Didn’t Feel Like Delivering Them

For someone who doesn’t work for the United States Postal Service, it would be annoying to stop every few feet and drop something off. But when you’re a mailman, that’s your job, annoying or not. One postal carrier is accused of dumping over a thousand letters and packages — just because it was a bother to actually deliver them. [More]

(stuartpilbrow)

The USPS Spent $180,000 On An Empty Post Office Over Six Years

In case you haven’t heard, the United States Postal Service has been in some troubled financial waters in the last few years, to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars it owes the government in payments to its employee pension system. And so the fact that it spent $180,000 on a closed post office for five years must, well, sting the agency a little bit. [More]

(CBS L.A.)

120,000 Pieces Of Mail Lost In Fiery Inferno After USPS Truck Collides With Another Semi

If your long lost lover lives near Orange County, California you might be waiting a little bit longer to finally hear from him/her. A U.S. Postal Truck carrying 120,000 pieces of mail went up in flames yesterday after two big rigs collided on the freeway. [More]

Americans Cling To The Idea Of The USPS’ Existence, But We Can’t Really Explain Why

Americans Cling To The Idea Of The USPS’ Existence, But We Can’t Really Explain Why

When the United States Postal Service floated the idea of taking away Saturday mail delivery, Americans basically gasped and yowled, “Noo! You can’t!” We love getting mail every day but Sunday, downright adore it, but… why? That’s a lot harder to explain. [More]

(Maulleigh)

Your Eyes Do Not Deceive You: USPS Price Hike Brings Cost Of A First-Class Stamp To $0.49

Remember when it only cost a quarter to instantly get in touch with someone from a payphone? Then we all got nostalgic when the price started creeping up, until cell phones made that fond remembrance less of misty, water-colored memory. Now it costs almost two quarters to send a less-than-instant letter or card, with the new price of first-class stamps rising from $0.46 to $0.49. Kick in, nostalgia! [More]

Here’s How Your Kid Can Write To Santa Claus And Get A Response From The North Pole

Here’s How Your Kid Can Write To Santa Claus And Get A Response From The North Pole

Santa Claus is real, so that’s not up for debate. But because he is kind of devoted to email these days instead of old-fashioned letter writing, the United States Postal Service has decided to help out to make sure your kid can send a letter to Santa and get a personal snailmail response from the North Pole. [More]

Such sultriness, Lady Liberty.

Vegas Lady Liberty Sculptor Sues USPS Two Years After It Used The Wrong Image On Stamp

Two years ago the United States Postal Service admitted it made a huge mistake by issuing a “Forever” stamp featuring the Statue of Liberty. Not that Lady Liberty isn’t the perfect subject for a stamp, but because the agency used an image of a replica sculpture from a Las Vegas Casino. Back then it was all “shrug, everyone likes it so we’ll keep it.” Here is where what goes around appears to be coming around. [More]

The boy who lived is a Brit.

Not everyone is in love with the boy wizard: After the United States Postal Service unveiled its newest collection of stamps featuring characters from the Harry Potter movies, some collectors are ticked off. “Harry Potter is not American. It’s foreign, and it’s so blatantly commercial it’s off the charts,” said one. “The Postal Service knows what will sell, but that’s not what stamps ought to be about. Things that don’t sell so well are part of the American story.” [via the Washington Post]