Aggravated

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ByDeb

Because we are weirdos who are selling all our stuff and planning to travel, we will have no street address. No problem, right? Just get a P.O. Box, fill out some change-of-address forms, and bada bing!

Sadly, no.

I tried to change a bunch of my addresses online – the bank, the credit cards, etc.

They don’t like it. I got big red messages telling me my mail can’t go to a P.O. box.

Why not? The postal service handles all the mail, I just want them to hold onto it. Seems like a simple request, right?

I called the bank, thinking maybe they could override it from their end.

No.

Because you know why?

It’s part of The Patriot Act.

I guess somewhere, sometime, some stupid terrorist got plot-related mail in a PO Box. To counteract that, good ol’ Uncle Sam has decided that 350 million Americans can’t use the freaking post office.

I swear. Stupid terrorists. They really piss me off.

 

 

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11 Responses to “Aggravated”

  1. Melanie Says:

    Stupid Uncle Sam.

    Can you give them a temporary (family member’s) address for now? That’s what we did back in the day when we were moving every five minutes. Then you can switch to paperless statements.
    Melanie´s last blog post ..Thank you, Mr. Gates!

  2. Dawn K. Says:

    It really does suck, doesn’t it! I’m in the banking industry, and we deal with this all the time. We are allowed to have the PO BOX as a mailing address as long as we have a physical address on file for the customer. I don’t know if you have any family or friends that you can use as a physical address; the mail could then go to the PO BOX and they would really just sort of act as a proxy.

  3. Connie Weiss Says:

    Really? That seems crazy! How do homeless people get their mail?
    Connie Weiss´s last blog post ..Back Door Barbie

  4. Kristy Says:

    Unbelievable.
    Kristy´s last blog post ..October Nothingness

  5. Tina H. Says:

    Well, no wonder the post office is going bankrupt – they’re not even allowed to collect P.O. box fees anymore! The government makes NO sense whatsoever!

    Is there a friend or family member whose address you could use?
    Tina H.´s last blog post ..31 Days of Being Real: Day 17 – Puttin’ on the Brakes, At Least for One Night

  6. SaraB Says:

    There is a company (I think Mailboxes etc, or the UPS store) that will let you get a mailbox there, and it is an actual street address so you can have anything delivered there. Up until last year we had our CC statements delivered to a PO Box, they never gave us issues with it. Hmmmm.

  7. SaraB Says:

    http://www.mbe.com/ps/Pages/ms.aspx

  8. John Myste Says:

    I can see why you are angry at the terrorists, making it so you cannot use the Post Office as you would like.

    They do some of other bad things also, but what really irks me is this post office problem.
    John Myste´s last blog post ..The Inquisitor

  9. Michelle Says:

    I’m pretty sure you can rent a box with UPS and have mail delivered there. A nonprofit I know does something like that. I think it’s to cover their butts for identity theft purposes, too. But yes, check with the UPS store.
    Michelle´s last blog post ..Form Drawing

  10. tracey Says:

    Sooo… what are you supposed to do? Do they have a recommendation?

    Can you have it sent to a friend or family member? Send it to me. I swear I won’t go through your shit. 😉
    tracey´s last blog post ..Not Present

  11. Em Says:

    The other thing is to look into the services that full-time campers use. (I don’t know much about either of the links, they’re the result of Google.)

    http://rvbasics.com/rv-lifestyle/getting-mail-while-RVing.html

    http://www.escapees.com/MailForwardingService.asp
    Em´s last blog post ..Near Death Experience: The Story, Part 1