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  1. #1
    Eddy Guest

    Default OT Mail Thieves

    Beware of mail thieves. I was working on my computer this morning and
    heard some noise out on the porch. I thought it was another one of
    those companies passing out election materials. I saw a man in my
    driveway who said he was looking for a lost dog. I also saw a box and
    some papers in the scrubs next to my porch. I asked him why he was
    leaving his garbage on my porch. He said the box was there already
    and left. I noticed the box was addressed to my neighbor and was
    shipped by UPS.

    Well, none of this seemed right so I called 911. The police picked
    him up half a block away. He had black gloves and a bunch of other
    people's mail stuffed down his pants.

    I'm getting a locking mailbox.

  2. #2
    Nancy Young Guest

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    Eddy wrote:
    > Beware of mail thieves. I was working on my computer this morning and
    > heard some noise out on the porch. I thought it was another one of
    > those companies passing out election materials. I saw a man in my
    > driveway who said he was looking for a lost dog. I also saw a box and
    > some papers in the scrubs next to my porch. I asked him why he was
    > leaving his garbage on my porch. He said the box was there already
    > and left. I noticed the box was addressed to my neighbor and was
    > shipped by UPS.
    >
    > Well, none of this seemed right so I called 911. The police picked
    > him up half a block away. He had black gloves and a bunch of other
    > people's mail stuffed down his pants.


    Wow, were you home by yourself? It took nerve to face the guy.
    Good job getting him nailed by the cops.

    nancy

  3. #3
    Stan Horwitz Guest

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    In article
    <[email protected]>,
    Eddy <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Beware of mail thieves. I was working on my computer this morning and
    > heard some noise out on the porch. I thought it was another one of
    > those companies passing out election materials. I saw a man in my
    > driveway who said he was looking for a lost dog. I also saw a box and
    > some papers in the scrubs next to my porch. I asked him why he was
    > leaving his garbage on my porch. He said the box was there already
    > and left. I noticed the box was addressed to my neighbor and was
    > shipped by UPS.
    >
    > Well, none of this seemed right so I called 911. The police picked
    > him up half a block away. He had black gloves and a bunch of other
    > people's mail stuffed down his pants.
    >
    > I'm getting a locking mailbox.


    This problem is exactly why I get all my bills online instead of in the
    mail. All that comes to my mailbox now is charity solicitations,
    magazines, sales flyers, and other junk mail.

  4. #4
    garden-variety dick Guest

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    On Oct 26, 5:58*pm, Eddy <yoed...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > Beware of mail thieves. *I was working on my computer this morning and
    > heard some noise out on the porch. *I thought it was another one of
    > those companies passing out election materials. I saw a man in my
    > driveway who said he was looking for a lost dog. *I also saw a box and
    > some papers in the scrubs next to my porch. *I asked him why he was
    > leaving his garbage on my porch. *He said the box was there already
    > and left. *I noticed the box was addressed to my neighbor and was
    > shipped by UPS.
    >
    > Well, none of this seemed right so I called 911. *The police picked
    > him up half a block away. *He had black gloves and a bunch of other
    > people's mail stuffed down his pants.
    >
    > I'm getting a locking mailbox.


    Put a hungry badger in your mailbox. Make sure your postperson has
    sprayed 'badger off' on her hands prior to leaving mail in your box.
    You yourself of course will have to do the same unless your badgerly
    friend recognizes you.

  5. #5
    Eddy Guest

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    On Oct 26, 3:10*pm, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:
    > Eddy wrote:
    > > Beware of mail thieves. *I was working on my computer this morning and
    > > heard some noise out on the porch. *I thought it was another one of
    > > those companies passing out election materials. I saw a man in my
    > > driveway who said he was looking for a lost dog. *I also saw a box and
    > > some papers in the scrubs next to my porch. *I asked him why he was
    > > leaving his garbage on my porch. *He said the box was there already
    > > and left. *I noticed the box was addressed to my neighbor and was
    > > shipped by UPS.

    >
    > > Well, none of this seemed right so I called 911. *The police picked
    > > him up half a block away. *He had black gloves and a bunch of other
    > > people's mail stuffed down his pants.

    >
    > Wow, were you home by yourself? *It took nerve to face the guy.
    > Good job getting him nailed by the cops.
    >
    > nancy


    I was home alone, but he would have to go up 5 steps, turn right and
    go up another 7 steps to get to my porch landing. By then my dog
    would have been on him.

    I was impressed by the police response. After I called 911, I put the
    packing material back in the box and took it to the neighbor 2 doors
    down. By the time I got there, 2 police patrol cars were there to
    meet me. Probably 3 minutes tops. There is a police substation less
    than a mile away.

  6. #6
    cybercat Guest

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    "Eddy" <[email protected]> wrote
    >I was impressed by the police response. After I called 911, I put the
    >packing material back in the box and took it to the neighbor 2 doors
    >down. By the time I got there, 2 police patrol cars were there to
    >meet me. Probably 3 minutes tops. There is a police substation less
    >than a mile away.


    That is good response time. Are you in a large city?



  7. #7
    Eddy Guest

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    On Oct 26, 4:13*pm, "cybercat" <cyberpu...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > "Eddy" <yoed...@hotmail.com> wrote
    >
    > >I was impressed by the police response. *After I called 911, I put the
    > >packing material back in the box and took it to the neighbor 2 doors
    > >down. *By the time I got there, 2 police patrol cars were there to
    > >meet me. *Probably 3 minutes tops. *There is a police substation less
    > >than a mile away.

    >
    > That is good response time. Are you in a large city?


    Population of about 200,000. I live less than a mile from the police
    substation.

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    Janet Wilder Guest

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    Eddy wrote:
    <snip>
    > I'm getting a locking mailbox.


    How does the mailman put the mail into it if it is locked?
    --
    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

  9. #9
    Gregory Morrow Guest

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    cybercat wrote:

    > "Eddy" <[email protected]> wrote
    >> I was impressed by the police response. After I called 911, I put
    >> the packing material back in the box and took it to the neighbor 2
    >> doors down. By the time I got there, 2 police patrol cars were
    >> there to meet me. Probably 3 minutes tops. There is a police
    >> substation less than a mile away.

    >
    > That is good response time. Are you in a large city?



    R U kidding, here in Chicawgo 911 would would LAFF at a sitch like this and
    then hang up the phone on ya...unless it's a life or death matter chances
    are they won't even respond at all.

    Eddy got an excellent response time and and additionally they got the perp.
    IIRC the postal service can also get their pound of flesh from the creep,
    they can be pretty effective in dealing with such crimes.


    --
    Best
    Greg



  10. #10
    Nancy Young Guest

    Default Re: OT Mail Thieves

    Eddy wrote:
    > On Oct 26, 3:10 pm, "Nancy Young" <rjynly...@comcast.net> wrote:


    >> Wow, were you home by yourself? It took nerve to face the guy.
    >> Good job getting him nailed by the cops.


    > I was home alone, but he would have to go up 5 steps, turn right and
    > go up another 7 steps to get to my porch landing. By then my dog
    > would have been on him.


    That's good. I'm not worried about being by myself, but once
    in a while if some questionable person came to the door, you
    realize no one else is around, everyone's at work.

    A nice protective dog isn't a bad idea, either. Just glad you
    weren't face to face with the creep.

    > I was impressed by the police response. After I called 911, I put the
    > packing material back in the box and took it to the neighbor 2 doors
    > down. By the time I got there, 2 police patrol cars were there to
    > meet me. Probably 3 minutes tops. There is a police substation less
    > than a mile away.


    Very handy. I think they just have patrols distributed relatively
    evenly through my township so there's one in the area.

    nancy

  11. #11
    Eddy Guest

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    On Oct 26, 5:29*pm, Janet Wilder <kelliepoo...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    > Eddy wrote:
    >
    > <snip>
    >
    > > I'm getting a locking mailbox.

    >
    > How does the mailman put the mail into it if it is locked?
    > --
    > Janet Wilder
    > Way-the-heck-south Texas
    > Spelling doesn't count. *Cooking does.


    There is a slot in the top to drop the mail in. To get the mail out,
    you need a key to open it.

  12. #12
    Janet Wilder Guest

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    Eddy wrote:
    > On Oct 26, 5:29 pm, Janet Wilder <kelliepoo...@yahoo.com> wrote:
    >> Eddy wrote:
    >>
    >> <snip>
    >>
    >>> I'm getting a locking mailbox.

    >> How does the mailman put the mail into it if it is locked?
    >> --
    >> Janet Wilder
    >> Way-the-heck-south Texas
    >> Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

    >
    > There is a slot in the top to drop the mail in. To get the mail out,
    > you need a key to open it.


    Oh. Thanks.

    --
    Janet Wilder
    Way-the-heck-south Texas
    Spelling doesn't count. Cooking does.

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    Cheryl Guest

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    "Stan Horwitz" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    >
    > This problem is exactly why I get all my bills online instead of in the
    > mail. All that comes to my mailbox now is charity solicitations,
    > magazines, sales flyers, and other junk mail.


    Same here. The company I work for was mailing our pay stubs (direct
    deposit) but I was so happy that after a couple of months of doing that they
    went all electronic with pay stubs. Not only is it a worry someone will
    steal your mail, but my mailman is notorious for mixing up our neighborhood
    mail Nothing with PII other than just my name and address is delivered by
    mail anymore.


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    Eddy Guest

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    On Oct 26, 7:22*pm, "Cheryl" <jlhsha...@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > "Stan Horwitz" <s...@temple.edu> wrote in message
    >
    > news:[email protected]..
    >
    >
    >
    > > This problem is exactly why I get all my bills online instead of in the
    > > mail. All that comes to my mailbox now is charity solicitations,
    > > magazines, sales flyers, and other junk mail.

    >
    > Same here. *The company I work for was mailing our pay stubs (direct
    > deposit) but I was so happy that after a couple of months of doing that they
    > went all electronic with pay stubs. *Not only is it a worry someone will
    > steal your mail, but my mailman is notorious for mixing up our neighborhood
    > mail *Nothing with PII other than just my name and address is deliveredby
    > mail anymore.


    The last company I worked for we were required to have direct deposit
    of out paychecks. I wish we had direct deposit for travel expenses.
    If I was on the road for a week, my travel expenses were in the range
    of $500 to $700. I hated to have those checks mailed to me.

    Now, back to the topic of food. I just love my neighbors. When word
    spread around the neighborhood about the thief and the police, two
    neighbors brought me homemade cookies and one brought me a loaf of
    homemade bread. It's a great neighborhood and I hope it stays safe.

  15. #15
    ViLco Guest

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    Eddy wrote:

    >> How does the mailman put the mail into it if it is locked?


    > There is a slot in the top to drop the mail in. To get the mail out,
    > you need a key to open it.


    It's always been like that in Italy. We have too many assholes around
    --
    Vilco
    Mai guardare Trailer park Boys senza
    qualcosa da bere a portata di mano




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    sf Guest

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    On Mon, 26 Oct 2009 22:22:28 -0400, "Cheryl" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >Same here. The company I work for was mailing our pay stubs (direct
    >deposit) but I was so happy that after a couple of months of doing that they
    >went all electronic with pay stubs. Not only is it a worry someone will
    >steal your mail, but my mailman is notorious for mixing up our neighborhood
    >mail Nothing with PII other than just my name and address is delivered by
    >mail anymore.


    Huh. I haven't even thought about mail theft in years.


    --
    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

  17. #17
    sf Guest

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    On Mon, 26 Oct 2009 19:29:42 -0500, Janet Wilder
    <[email protected]> wrote:

    >Eddy wrote:
    ><snip>
    >> I'm getting a locking mailbox.

    >
    >How does the mailman put the mail into it if it is locked?


    Probably the same way your gardener gets into the backyard through a
    locked fence.

    --
    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

  18. #18
    gloria.p Guest

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    sf wrote:

    >
    > Huh. I haven't even thought about mail theft in years.
    >
    >


    When we lived in RI in the early 80s there were two brothers in
    the neighborhood, ages 4 and 6 or thereabouts, who would break
    into the cluster boxes we had. They'd tear up the mail and throw
    it around on the street. When a postal inspector visited their
    house, Idiot Mother's response was "Well, what do you want ME to
    do about it. Lock them up, why don't you."

    Yet another reason we were not too sorry to leave what had once
    been an idyllic neighborhood when the chance to move to Colorado
    presented itself.

    gloria p

  19. #19
    sf Guest

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    On Tue, 27 Oct 2009 13:14:56 -0600, "gloria.p" <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >sf wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> Huh. I haven't even thought about mail theft in years.
    >>
    >>

    >
    >When we lived in RI in the early 80s there were two brothers in
    >the neighborhood, ages 4 and 6 or thereabouts, who would break
    >into the cluster boxes we had. They'd tear up the mail and throw
    >it around on the street. When a postal inspector visited their
    >house, Idiot Mother's response was "Well, what do you want ME to
    >do about it. Lock them up, why don't you."
    >
    >Yet another reason we were not too sorry to leave what had once
    >been an idyllic neighborhood when the chance to move to Colorado
    >presented itself.
    >

    I'm surprised child protective services wasn't called. There is more
    than one way to neglect a child.

    --
    I love cooking with wine.
    Sometimes I even put it in the food.

  20. #20
    CaveMan Guest

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    "sf" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]..
    > On Mon, 26 Oct 2009 19:29:42 -0500, Janet Wilder
    > <[email protected]> wrote:
    >
    >>Eddy wrote:
    >><snip>
    >>> I'm getting a locking mailbox.

    >>
    >>How does the mailman put the mail into it if it is locked?

    >
    > Probably the same way your gardener gets into the backyard through a
    > locked fence.


    Climbs over the mailbox???



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