Vanishing Mail Collection Box, Resolution


Good news, folks! Just this afternoon, the mail collection box that vanished has been replaced! After my last update I created a flyer with information on who to contact at SF USPS and gave the flyer to a worker at the Senior Center. She said that the seniors had been calling different numbers and this one contact number would be very helpful.

I had been out on an appointment for a few hours this afternoon, so know that the box was rebolted to the sidewalk sometime between 2:30 and 5:00 P.M. I’m pretty sure, oh, Sweet Justice, that I deposited the very first letter in our returned mail collection box. A small victory, perhaps, but a victory nonetheless.


The moral of the story: Speak up! There are government folks that listen (except at the DPT), and I want to again commend the USPS for consistent prompt action (a little over three weeks) on my (and others’) complaint. And many kudos to Mr. Jim O’Connell, Manager, Customer Service, at the SF USPS branch. Thank you, sir, for your prompt and sincere attention to this matter. I will certainly write a thank-you letter to you (mailed from the replacement mail collection box, of course) and also log a compliment on the USPS website that recognizes your action.

Next battle: The bullshit, ticky-tack parking ticket my wife received this week on Frank Norris Street (while on an errand to Blick Art Materials store) because her wheels were allegedly not turned towards the curb on a grade of 3% or more. I know, tilting at windmills on this one, but worth a shot. Does anyone know where to go online to easily find the grade of any given block in the city?

6 Comments so far

  1. Lauren (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 10:03 pm

    That is great news! And a great story!

  2. anna (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 10:10 pm

    brilliant work matt & senior citizens!

  3. Nancy (unregistered) on September 21st, 2006 @ 11:16 pm

    That IS good news. Seems like a relatively minor thing, but in consideration of those seniors, that small convenience takes on much greater importance. Good on ya for taking on the good fight!

  4. Adam (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 2:03 am

    Hooray! Yeah, in general I’ve been pretty pleased with the USPS’s service.

    As for grades, I’m not sure, but I do know the people who sell maps at the Ferry Building (I think they’re called Bay Crossings or something like that) sell a map for bicyclists that has the grades of all the blocks marked in different shades of red–dark red for the steepest, white for the flattest. Rob Cockerham did well fighting a ticket in his hometown of Sacramento. Good luck!

  5. Elizabeth (unregistered) on September 22nd, 2006 @ 6:01 pm

    To see the grade of any street in SF visit
    and click on “Key Maps” under Maps.

    Good luck!

  6. Matt R. (unregistered) on September 26th, 2006 @ 7:19 am

    Thanks, Elizabeth, for the map link. With the help of that map, I sent my contest of the ticket to DPT yesterday (from the appropriate mail collection box, of course).

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