Can Amazon or UPS Legally Deliver to a Mailbox in Connecticut?
We are all doing it right now, ordering gifts online and then hoping they make it to your doorstep in one piece and not lost or stolen. Lately, the news has been all abuzz about stolen packages right off of people's porches.
There is not much we can do about packages that are left in plain sight on our front porch or at the foot of the front door, they are pretty much ripe for the picking by pretty much anyone who walks by. Check out this pic of a recent delivery we received, keep in mind, we cannot see our mailbox from the house, it is completely blind to us.
I chose "not so great" and this was a pic sent directly to me from Amazon and yea man, they left it out there, right next to the mailbox, not even in the mailbox itself, which in this case would have been better, but clearly, it would not have fit. Not only that, this is a pretty busy and popular side road, the delivery was made by Amazon themselves and was marked as "left in a safe place." What do you think? Is this a safe place? Below is a pic of another amazing delivery, and this one I know was from USPS.
Shoved into the mailbox, too big to fit properly, and should have been brought to our door and not left in this condition. Also, yes, that is additional mail squeezed in between the package and the top of the mailbox. We know that USPS is legally allowed to deliver to a mailbox, but not sure if this qualifies as something "legal" but, whatever. In 2018, when my fiancée and I moved into this house, we received a flyer from our Post Master informing us about who can and cannot use our mailbox and to report misuse.
Damn, that flyer would have come in handy for this article. Anyway, this all leads me to the question "Can Amazon or UPS deliver to a mailbox in Connecticut?" The short answer, according to Yardblogger, is NO.
Amazon cannot deliver packages directly to your mailbox, as this is illegal. The only time a package from Amazon can be delivered to your mailbox is if Amazon is using UPS SurePost as the carrier for the final delivery of your package.
Amazon will deliver to a mailbox if they are using USPS for the delivery or Amazon SurePost which is affiliated with UPS and USPS. This is because USPS owns all mailboxes in the United States and only they are legally allowed to utilize them.
Yes, in some instances, you can receive a package in your mailbox from UPS or Amazon if they use "SurePost." I am pretty sure that Amazon did not use SurePost on this particular delivery. The package next to the base of your mailbox style of delivery is not only not a "style" that would be designated "safe" and is almost illegal. Here is another recent pic from a delivery of multiple items.
Again, we missed the mark by about 3 feet, and at least one of them could have fit in the mailbox. We have had a ton of deliveries in the last few days, and I am not sure which delivery service left these here, but clearly, not a good place to leave them. Legally, I suppose it is ok for whoever to leave packages in this manner, but is it safe? No, most assuredly it is not safe to leave them there, no matter if it is USPS, UPS, Amazon, FedEx, or Santa Claus. The deliveries we have received recently may not be entirely "illegal or legal" but they were not very good attempts and I think we can all agree on that.
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