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Blocking the mailbox

Original post made by Patient on Jul 21, 2010

It seems that some drivers in Danville have no courtesy for others. Case in point: A house down my block used to have "yoga" classes. During the morning hours the cars would line up to get a close parking spot, including those who blocked my mail box. We stopped getting mail and a notice from the mail carrier that if the blocked cars continued, they would stop delivering the mail and hold it at the post office.

So, we left some very friendly notes on the cars, asking the drivers to please park at least 10 feet from our mail box, so we do not lose our mail. The notes were tossed on the street and the cars continued to block our mail box.

I am not talking about legal issue regarding street parking but wondering whether the "Yoga" host realizes what impact to their neighbors?

Comments (15)

Posted by Rick Pshaw, a resident of Danville
on Jul 21, 2010 at 10:16 am

And what did their business license have to say about parking issues?

Posted by Patient, a resident of Danville
on Jul 21, 2010 at 11:09 am

Don't know about their license status but this is on going issue to me at least but no one wants to point out. Really don't want to face them with this issue

Posted by Hank, a resident of Danville
on Jul 21, 2010 at 11:37 am

I'd respectfully point out to the Yoga instructor that her pupils are blocking your mailbox, and could she please ask them to be careful not to do that. Problem solved...

Posted by Patient, a resident of Danville
on Jul 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Just wondering why they don't look for classroom or rental space in colleges or business parks instead of inviting 10~15 pupils to their house. Sick and tired of telling them same issue again and agian.

Posted by CDSI Research, a resident of another community
on Jul 21, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Dear Emily,

If you were to check the customer site at you would find that blocking a mail box is a significant offense, quite federal, and requires local law enforcement to use means to stop the offense including treating the vehicle much like those of drug dealers. The vehicle can be towed, claimed and sold without concern for the owner.

It is worth a look,


Posted by Greg, a resident of Danville
on Jul 22, 2010 at 6:44 am

Maybe the mailman should get off his lazy butt and get a little excersise.......its not a perfect world, nor is it the end of the world!

Posted by Julia, a resident of Danville
on Jul 22, 2010 at 7:34 am hit the nail right on the maybe 3 or 4 mailboxes are blocked. Hey mail person simply double park, get out of your truck and deliver the mail. What happen to that motto...snow and rain etc, etc...but the mail will be delivered.

Thanks for listening...Julia from Alamo

Posted by Duffy, a resident of Danville
on Jul 22, 2010 at 8:14 am

Maybe I'm missing the point but "Patient" writes , "A house down my block USED TO HAVE "yoga" classes." This would mean past tense - its over, done, gone, no longer a problem. So why the rant now?

Posted by Georgia Swann, a resident of Danville
on Jul 22, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I have this parking problem continuously as I live across from Hap Magee Park. They park in front of my mailbox 7 days a week. I had a talk with the post master and since I have no control over public park parking, the mailman now gets out of his truck and delivers my mail. The mail man is quite courteous now but the old mailman was not so understanding when he had to deliver the mail.(especially when the box was not easily accessible.) The police will not get involved and say it is a private matter between me and the postmaster???? So much for the so called laws at ! ! !

Posted by Barney, a resident of Danville
on Jul 22, 2010 at 7:19 pm

It's laziness on the part of DPD. If those cars blocked access to the local donut shop it'd be a different matter, and there'd be tickets galore!

Posted by jrm, a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Jul 22, 2010 at 9:19 pm

jrm is a registered user.

My mailman is great....and I did get note after my son parked in front of the mailbox day after day and I was not hip to the infraction. He likes our mailman and immediately parked a few feet up the road. BTW, with all the increase in package shipping the USPS is trying to generate to stay afloat he now carries boxes up to my door all the time with no complaint....I expect Julia, Greg, and the rest that diss our community, police force and overall community vibe continuosly to be critical but they are sooo unhappy about other underlying issues in their lives that I hope our appreciated mail carriers do not take their caustic comments to heart.

Posted by Sarah, a resident of Danville
on Jul 23, 2010 at 5:51 am

jrm...agreed on all counts. Our mail service has been excellent.

Posted by CDSI Research, a resident of another community
on Jul 23, 2010 at 7:01 am

Dear Emily,

Here is the USPS information on Mail Boxes:

Web Link

Your readers will find that clear access to a curbside mail box is policy that restricts delivery personnel from exiting the vehicle to place mail in the box. If further research is done readers will find the legal responses available to the local postmaster including ending mail service to a continuously blocked mail box. USPS can direct local law enforcement to ticket the offending vehicle and even impound the vehicle.

Our mail carriers in our corridor neighborhoods provide services beyond this policy including walking packages up lanes and to our doors. It then becomes a simple requirement to leave clear access to curbside mail boxes so each carrier can complete delivery to >80 mailboxes during their sort and delivery activities of each shift.

It becomes a courtesy owed by visitors to our neighborhoods to not block our mail boxes and to protect our rights to curbside mail delivery. It is little more than not blocking someone's driveway or other property accesses and should be a natural, neighborly consideration.

Hal/CDSI Research

Posted by Alamo Resident, a resident of Alamo
on Jul 23, 2010 at 9:54 am

When polite notes do not do the trick - get a dark red lipstick and write a polite note on the windshield - driver side - it works!

Posted by jake, a resident of Alamo
on Jul 23, 2010 at 8:46 pm

If I understand correctly, this is a business in a residential zoned neighborhood. If so, then it is subject to a land-use-permit to allow this business. My experience has been that the rules are quite strict about hour of operation, parking, and customer visits, and deliveries. If the problem is continuing a call to the building department should take care of it.

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