Maybe you’re more alert than I am when you’re at the post office, but have you seen the triangle-shaped signs posted around the lobby?
I don’t go to the post office all that often but I was there just last week to buy my shload of Christmas stamps and I didn’t notice the 5 or more that are stuck all over the place. However, I sure learned about this rule when I went to mail a package this week. The days of trying to mail something heavier than 13 ounces without a return address or legible postmark are gone. After wrangling with the postal workers about my desire to mail what is now referred to as “anonymous mail,” I called my brother-in-law, Ken, who is a letter carrier out in California. He explained to me that over fears of wackos sending mail bombs, the FAA has imposed this rule on the USPS and subsequently on us.
So in case you missed the memo on this back in July as I surely did, here’s the gist of it: if you have a package heavier than 13 ounces and you just put stamps on it, you must go to the window and process it through the clerk. If you leave it in a blue mailbox, the package will be returned to you, presuming you put a return address on it. If there’s no return address, it won’t get delivered. I don’t remember what Ken said about what happens to anonymous mail, I guess it just sits there waiting for you to figure out it didn’t get delivered and come looking for it?
In the end, I abandoned my “no-return-address” idea and came up with something else.