PO Box troubles

So I recently found out, after the second priority mail got returned to sender, that the USPS PO Boxes are only supposed to accept mail for any name that you can also provide an ID for. So they have been “sending back” things I have had sent, some of which does not have a return address.

I told them I use a fake last name online, and that was due to having my identity stolen in the past (true, btw). I asked if I could use my initials, or first name last initial. They told me this policy was sent by congress, due to scammers using PO boxes in the past. I think it’s outdated BS, but I am trying to cut them some slack, because I know they are in a tough spot atm.

Debating switching to a mail store, which costs 2x as much, but I do not believe have the same policy. Has anyone else run into / found a way to deal with this?

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I had an issue once, they said, “wow they really butchered your last name.” Another time I just told them it was the business name, and it wasn’t an issue.

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My local PO doesn’t give 2 shits what names on it as long as it’s the right box number. I usually have any seeds and such sent there and just have my first initial and last name. On a side note I’ve received alot of other people’s mail in the box over the last 8 or 9 years that I’ve had to push back through with a note written on it. Unfortunately our PO also has alot of people who are either extremely lazy, stupid or a combination of the 2. And can’t seem to keep a postmaster for more than a few years at most.

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we must have the same PO…:wink:

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Ask them if you can use “your wife’s name”. Worked for me using a USPS box. But I found it was MUCH safer to just have it delivered directly to home.

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@willie haha possibly.

@OldSSSCGuy that’s alot of why I get most of of either our important mail and small packages delivered to the box, anything else goes to the house.

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Based on the conversations I had with them, they would tell me my wife needs to go there and present a photo ID, or her mail would get rejected too.

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its insane…you have to have ID to get a f*ckin package, but lets just let thousands of undocumented folks over the boarder!!!

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrggggggggggggggggggggggghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

And yet, the Post office is pulling this stuff with me as well :frowning: which is why i just now give my house address to avoid that BS.

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I wasn’t sure how I wanted to handle this, but if I use my name, I assume my home can be located, so really no point in this PO Box.

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That’s what im coming to the conclusion of. I have all my “official” stuff like irs, dmv stuff sent there, that’s about it. the rest comes straight to the house.

Bottom line 2021 - only the honest people will remain honest - the thieves, well, lets just say its Mardi Gras here in the USA.

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Truthfully I’m surprised I never got in trouble as I have called on multiple occasions and flipped my shit on our workers…but their somewhat inept though. But that was when I was getting rc parts, electronics, vape shit, etc in mail. I haven’t when it comes to seeds for obvious reasons

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