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They got my mailbox, AGAIN!
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RayP(MI)    Posted 11-09-2002 at 18:40:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got up this morning, happened to look out at the road in front of my house, noticed spin-out-marks in the gravel. Closer look showed that someone had applied a blunt object, probably a metal baseball bat to my mailbox, twice. Box is history! Wasn't more than a month ago some one was out of control for over 200 yards, ended up skidding into my front yard, destroying my mailbox stand. Suprisingly, the car suffered little damage, and skedaddled leaving only tracks across my yard. Stand was so bent up, that I had to put the posts (two) made of 2" sked 40 pipe under the tractor and use the down pressure of the 3pt hitch to straighten them. Then I had to use a 10# mall besides! In the last year, I've had THREE attacks on my maibox as well as the car incident. This is getting a little tiring. these guys are nothing but two bit domestic terrorists. If the cops ever catch them, they ought to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. It is my policy to report every incident to the police, and demand to see an officer. Maybe if enough paper piles up on someone's desk, we'll get some enforcement up here on the north end of the county! Meanwhile, I keep a spare box in the barn, and buy them on sale!


Lynch    Posted 11-11-2002 at 10:13:05       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I gave up on mailboxs years ago...use a P.O. box...Besides sh-theads messin' with the box, too much mail thieving going on...my brother's has been done twice to the tune of over $800...goodluck....Lynch


Hogman******All depends    Posted 11-10-2002 at 04:04:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
We waited several Years for a mail route and while a PO Box is a good way ta keep up on tha latest scuttlebutt at tha P.O./ store, tha 4.5 miles between has taken it's toll on vehicles tho it's now a fairly decent gravel and some paved.

My Mail box sets on a heavy pipe set in concrete in a 55 gal barrel filled with rocks and poured in place concrete. A 2 ton truck would bounce off it! Our mail carrier has remarked that it's not quit legal.....but.....
As I understand tha law any damage done to a vehicle or property impactin a mail box caused by any structural condition beyond that required to support said mail box is tha responsibility of tha owner of said offendin box.

Tha city of Springfield,Mo has a law now which says any vandal thats harmed while in tha proccess of wreckin your mail box because You made tha support stronger'n that needed ta support tha box makes You guilty of a crime and allows tha vandal ta sue You. What it actualy is; too many "childern" are being enjured while striking mail box' with base ball bats due to the bat bouncing back from too solid box mounts and said rebound causing tha "child" to be struck. And, the additional problem of during drive by smashings the bat may rebound into the side windows breaking same and showering passangers with class.

WE MUST PROTECT OUR CHILDREN ! ! !

Attended a State Hwy meetin last Year where an aspirin polatishun stood to address tha problem,desired ta makea State law exactly as tha one Spfgld passed. I assume He convinced tha city dads of tha importance as several of em was at tha State meetin. Tha wonder was tha moderater even let tha jackas$ speak since it was no way germaine ta tha subject at hand.


Punchy    Posted 11-10-2002 at 10:04:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's cause tha city father's kids are busy doin tha destructin an they have ta pay tha or-the-den-tist feller ta straitin out their teeth after tha bat rebounds in their face. Most boxes are on tha public easement part of tha property. I wunder if ya could sue tha city as well as tha property owner? An I wunder if ya was ta put a sign on the box if it would releeve ya fo tha responsibility. Lot a people out here weld up old tractor an whatzits parts ta make tha stand for tha box. Some of ems real works of art. I don think that's a law out here. Out here they decided that mesin with tha box is actually messin with tha mail and you can be in big trouble. That's because too many of em got blowed up unstead a tipped over.




Donna from Missouri    Posted 11-10-2002 at 02:35:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
A friend of ours had this problem, and my husband helped him fashion a mailbox out of very heavy iron that couldn't be bent! That's been four or five years, and that mailbox is still there. The friend sends us a picture of it every Christmas, with his Christmas card.


Tammy E TX    Posted 11-09-2002 at 20:19:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not sure if it is okay are not but, I remember that as a kid our mailbox got hit every weekend...so my dad being the smart guy he was got a disc welded it to a metal pipe attached mailbox....next weekend mailbox was in tack... pickup about 100 yards from the house with the oil pan knocked smooth off of it. After that the mailbox was never hit again?? Not sure why but it seemed to work!!!


Okie-Dokie    Posted 11-09-2002 at 19:02:18       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Live out in the country? Ya gotta get used to that kind of thing, or do what we did. Get a post office box in town. Going into town to check the mail turns out to be a good way to keep up with the local gossip and see your friends.


Sid    Posted 11-09-2002 at 22:06:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have lost count of the number of times that my mailbox has been knocked down or torn up. Only one of those times was it an accident. and that guy was driving drunk. I have not and do not plan to get a post office box in town. And I do not nor do I plan to get used to it. Putting up with vandalism is not an option, I may never stop it but do not plan to stop fighting it.


Just4info    Posted 11-09-2002 at 18:59:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Scottys Tool and others offer a vandal proof US Postal approved box,made outta rolled 3/16 or 1/4 tempered plate steel.

Had a friend who kept gettin his box runned over.He replaced the wood post but dug a couple extra post holes ta either side about a foot,sakreted 4foot of graderblade in each one stickin up about 12-14 inches amongst the grass.About a week later his box got clobbered again,but he was rewarded with a GM fuel pump with bits of block attached,a large oil slick and some assorted oily metal bits,Has not had a single problem since in about 5yrs.Usually it's the same bunch over and over till they grow up.


DeadCarp    Posted 11-09-2002 at 18:58:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like you need a nice big plastic pipe for a mailbox post - who knows how it got full of cement and why would anybody run into a mailbox anyway? :)


DeadCarp    Posted 11-09-2002 at 18:57:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sounds like you need a nice big plastic pipe for a mailbox post - who knows how it got full of cement and why would anybody run into a mailbox anyway? :)


LH    Posted 11-09-2002 at 18:54:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Can you say Post office Box, that's what I got just for similar reasons.


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