MAILBOX ALERT: West Seattle Junction drive-up/ride-up box out of service again

(WSB photo)

Thanks to Celeste for the tip – the West Seattle Junction Post Office’s drive-up/ride-up mailbox is out of service again. It’s only been two months since the new one was installed, more than seven months after its predecessor was taken away, too badly damaged to fix. We’re checking to see what happened this time.

16 Replies to "MAILBOX ALERT: West Seattle Junction drive-up/ride-up box out of service again"

  • Just Wondering October 18, 2017 (11:07 am)

    Of course its happened on a very windy and wet day! 

  • West Seattle since 1979 October 18, 2017 (12:03 pm)

    So frustrating!

  • gxnx October 18, 2017 (12:33 pm)

    No problem , we the taxpayers will just pay the $70K to replace the box.

    • WSB October 18, 2017 (12:38 pm)

      Are you making that up or do you have reason to believe it’s actually $70,000?

    • A October 18, 2017 (4:23 pm)

      gxnx- I can understand your frustration with tax dollars being wasted, but USPS does not operate on tax dollars. They are self sufficient so please be better informed before you rant about tax money going to them. Thank you

  • sw October 18, 2017 (12:53 pm)

    I’ll wager a guess that someone hit the extended slot with their car.  The Post Office needs to install cement-filled bollards on the SE and NE corners of the box so cars hit THOSE, and not the mailbox.  That’s the only thing which will keep it from being hit.  

    • wb October 18, 2017 (6:40 pm)

      or just don’t replace it in the first place.  That didn’t take long!

  • square eyes October 18, 2017 (1:04 pm)

    The USPS doesn’t receive tax dollars for regular operating expenses. They get some tax dollars for special programs, and have borrowed fed money which they have to pay back. But we’re not paying for the blue collection boxes unless we’re buying stamps, products, and services.

    • WSB October 18, 2017 (3:37 pm)

      Nothing in that story about the cost. We tried to find out the cost, even the manufacturer, while that was all playing out … no luck. Seems to be a well-kept secret.

  • AT October 18, 2017 (5:54 pm)

    Sigh. Why can’t we have nice things?

  • alki_2008 October 24, 2017 (6:23 pm)

    Curious, did anyone happen to put mail in that box on Monday or Tuesday and have that mail get to its destination?  I put a couple pieces of mail in there the Monday prior (10/16) and neither of those pieces made it to their destination.

    I’m hoping to get into the post office during the day to talk to someone there, but curious if anyone else has any experiences (good or bad) around this latest mailbox problem.

  • clairdesol October 25, 2017 (1:06 pm)

    Oct 25, arrived to find a shredded plastic bag hanging on the mailbox, but no sign. Fortunately I didn’t attempt to deposit mail, knowing the history here, but not knowing the latest development. Apparently the sign has rained away. 

  • DA October 28, 2017 (1:37 pm)

    Any explanation as to why it was out of service? 

    I sadly agree with “AT” who lamented, “Why can’t we have nice things?” 

  • clairdesol November 3, 2017 (5:03 pm)

    Pleased to report, mailbox is back in service.

    • WSB November 3, 2017 (5:12 pm)

      Thanks for the update.

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