Westwood Village Post Office dropoff box gone, WILL be replaced

Over the weekend, we started getting questions about what happened to the drive-or-ride-up drop-off mailbox at the Westwood Village Post Office – it was suddenly gone, with no sign to say what happened or whether it would return. We checked first thing this morning with regional USPS spokesperson Ernie Swanson, who replied, “The collection box was hit by a car and incurred significant damage and had to be removed. A new one has been ordered.” No word yet on the expected timeline; in the meantime, the lobby maildrop at Westwood is open 24/7, or you can go to the drive-or-ride-up mailbox at the Junction Post Office (4412 California SW).

11 Replies to "Westwood Village Post Office dropoff box gone, WILL be replaced"

  • Gill March 9, 2015 (9:37 am)

    Was it “hit by a car” in an attempt to steal the mail? Were they successful?

  • WSloyal March 9, 2015 (10:52 am)

    While the USPS is at it, perhaps they could replace the drop box at the P.O. just north of the Junction. That box looks like it’s been pryed open one too many times.

  • Carey March 9, 2015 (10:56 am)

    Hopefully the inside mail box is open. It’s “supposed” to be open 24/7 but I have found it locked up on more than one occasion. I drop off packages for my business, when my schedule allows, and having it randomly locked is very frustrating!

  • joel - the only Joel March 9, 2015 (10:57 am)

    first someone goes thru the PO wall with a car and now they hit the mailbox. maybe that parking lot needs speed bumps!

  • Brian March 9, 2015 (11:00 am)

    Don’t be ridiculous. It was “hit by a car” in the same way that somebody drove their car into the building last year: People drive terribly and don’t know how to operate their vehicles safely and properly.

  • AH MOM March 9, 2015 (11:02 am)

    Wonder if the same person then took out the sign, fire hydrant, and bush by Safeway Sunday?!?

    • WSB March 9, 2015 (11:18 am)

      That happened last night, and the entire emergency response was gone quickly, even though we went over soon as we heard. This is now my pitch to please let us know if you can if you happen to see something even as seemingly small as a mailbox getting hit (consider putting our 24-hour hotline 206-293-6302 in your phone contacts, you can text or call round the clock) … or the Westwood sign crash in a separate story … the mailbox in particular is of interest to many – even during the two minutes I was on the sidewalk to take the photo for this, I saw four cars go through looking for the missing mailbox. If I were USPS, I’d at least put up a little sign on a stick …

  • eigenwijs March 9, 2015 (11:28 am)

    AH MOM – possibly! Was hoping to see something about that here because I can’t quite figure out how that car managed to end up as it did!! Made for an interesting discussion topic while waiting to fill my car, though. :-)

  • w.s.maverick March 9, 2015 (4:02 pm)

    well it will keep real change away for a bit

  • TitusAndronicus March 9, 2015 (5:20 pm)

    A Real Change worker is the one who notified postal personnel when the driver of a truck hit the Westwood collection box and was going to drive away without reporting the damage.
    Kudos to the homeless man…

  • miws March 9, 2015 (6:29 pm)

    w.s.maverick, what the hell is wrong with Real Change Vendors earning honest money?


    TitusAndronicus, thank you for sharing that info…



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