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

Must be something about October. Right about this time last year, the West Seattle Junction U.S. Post Office‘s outdoor mailbox went out of service, only two months after it returned following seven months away. Now, it’s out again – thanks to Todd for the initial tip Thursday; today is at least the second day it’s been taped up. What happened? We don’t know. Last fall’s outage only lasted a week and a half, so for those who rely on the box, here’s hoping for a swift fix. Meantime, there’s an outdoor box at the Westwood Village Post Office (2721 SW Trenton).

23 Replies to "MAILBOX ALERT: West Seattle Junction's drive-up/ride-up box is out of service again"

  • Railroaded October 12, 2018 (12:34 pm)

    Here is a West Seattle haiku:

    Krazy drivers strike again.


    USPS will be dragged through mud.

  • UtterMadness October 12, 2018 (12:37 pm)

    One of the PO staff said an absent-minded driver leaving the parking lot yesterday hit the gas instead of the brake.

  • Jon Wright October 12, 2018 (12:57 pm)

    We’re doomed.

  • Rick October 12, 2018 (1:07 pm)

    There’s a box just south of Morgan Starbucks but not drive up.

  • dsa October 12, 2018 (1:21 pm)

    Hit and run again. Would not that be a federal crime?

    • WSB October 12, 2018 (1:33 pm)

      UM didn’t say it was hit and run, or do you have additional info?

      • dsa October 12, 2018 (2:10 pm)

        UM’s comment sounded to me like the driver quickly left the parking lot. I hope I am wrong, they have reliable insurance and we get this fixed pronto.

  • David October 12, 2018 (1:33 pm)

    Maybe they should install bollards to protect it

  • KM October 12, 2018 (1:49 pm)

    I find so much joy in this saga.

  • Bob F Forrest October 12, 2018 (3:52 pm)

    It’s a tin box with a slot in it. What could go wrong? Does it need an EPA-certified slot inspection or what? In the old days, the postmaster would bring a hammer from home and bang the damn thing into shape in 2 minutes. MAGA.

    • old timer October 12, 2018 (7:56 pm)

      I think that in the old days, people were a bit more careful about how they drove.
      Never heard of this problem during the 60’s. 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s.
      Must be something in the water, or the air, or the food.

    • MartyM October 12, 2018 (9:46 pm)

      What does a damaged mailbox have to do with Donald Trump’s slogan?

      • MsD October 12, 2018 (11:28 pm)

        Actually, Bob F Forrest gives us an excellent insight into Donald Trump’s election. People like Bob attribute common sense and good old fashioned values such as beating the snot out of a mailbox with a hammer to American ingenuity as practiced by straight white men. Anything that prevents common sense straight white men from doing as they please is foreign, anti-American and wrong. Donald Trump, with his p****y grabbing “real talk” and call for a return to old fashioned rape and pillage values appeal to people like Bob. Thus, we can blame gays, Muslims, uppity women (i.e. those who don’t let straight white men do as they please to them without protest) for the broken mailbox.

        • Seaweed October 13, 2018 (12:42 am)

          Don’t forget the Racoons:)

        • Mike October 13, 2018 (7:55 am)

          MSD, obviously it’s Obama’s fault the person hit the mailbox. Duhhh!?!?!

    • John Smith October 12, 2018 (10:59 pm)


      Maybe nowadays people need to be protected to such a degree that they can’t have the risk that someone might cut his/her/its finger/hand/wrist on a sharp edge of the slot after a common-sense repair.

  • Seaweed October 13, 2018 (12:35 am)

    How can Idiots be winning.
    Tomorrow, I will drive up to the mail box, and push my envelopes through that lame ass slottery.

  • Lola October 13, 2018 (7:12 am)

    What is it with this mailbox that people like to smash it? I know how long it takes just for them to order it and then get it installed. Many of our older residents will now have to take it elsewhere, as trying to park in the WS post office is almost next to impossible.

  • WiseWoman October 13, 2018 (8:21 am)

    Supposedly the Post Office suffered unknown vandalism so they closed the 24/7 lobby at this location. So I’m sure someone tried to stuff their drop off package/envelope into this mailbox at drive up. When Seattle got rid of a 24/7 post office at the airport then Riverton and now gone completely (Riverton there but with limited normal hours only) the Post Office has done itself a disservice! #FixTheBoxAlready If you got time to fix it a second time, you got time to fix it right the first time!!

    • Ken October 13, 2018 (11:39 am)

      I still miss that old airport post office. Friends/relatives were usually a bit impressed seeing a post mark label from Saturday or Sunday night around 10 or 11. The place was usually packed too – no matter what time of day or night or day of the week.

  • Martym October 13, 2018 (9:39 am)

    Seaweed, are you putting human beings (tho they may be lesser to you if gay or female or open minded….) As a raccoon?

  • sgs October 14, 2018 (3:39 pm)

    I hope they emptied it before closing it down. I mailed a thank you note on Friday…..

  • xtopher206 October 25, 2018 (1:14 pm)

    The real concern the USPS should be addressing is how to PREVENT this from happening again. Half of the people who use this box look like they have never driven before. Almost every time I use it, someone comes close to hitting it or just take waaay too long to put a letter in a slot and drive off.Simple solution: put up some concrete pillars around the box. Then the bad driver learns their expensive lesson and the rest of us don’t get penalized. #obamasfault LOL

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