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Post office gouging needs to be stopped by class-action suit

Nicole Downey, Silverthorne

We are indeed getting gouged by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) when it comes to paying for our post office boxes up here. While most people across the nation get their mail delivered for free, some of us must pay a fee to go pick it up ourselves.

According to the Postal rules and regulations, we should all (most people from Summit County) qualify for a “Group E” post office box, which is given to a consumer at no charge.

If customers meet all of the following requirements, they should qualify for the “Group E” box. The address must meet all of the following criteria:

1. The physical address is within the geographic delivery zip code boundaries administered by the post office;

2. The physical address constitutes a potential carrier point of service;

3. The USPS chooses not to provide carrier delivery to the physical address;

4. The customer does not receive carrier delivery via and out-of-bounds delivery receptacle.

Since it seems that most of us residents would qualify for a no-fee box, I contacted the Consumer Affairs Division of the USPS and opened a complaint.

Officials were interested in what I had to say up until the point I provided them a copy of their code with the “Group E” box information highlighted.

I strongly argued we should not be paying for our boxes based on the qualifications for a free box. They gave an excuse having to do with snow storage and their inability to provide delivery service for that reason.

The postal representative contradicted himself, stating the only delivery service in Summit was out toward Kremmling. He did not mention Willowbrook, Montezuma Road, Summit Cove, etc.

Also, Vail should have the same snow storage rules as Summit, and a lot of its residents get their mail delivered.

When I gathered and provided the USPS with the necessary proof, it dropped its concern and refused to even acknowledge I had a complaint.

It was so frustrating that I just let it go. I agree someone needs to start a class-action lawsuit that will hold the USPS to its own regulations.

It is my opinion that the post office chooses not to deliver mail to most of the residents. What would be the standard for why some areas get mail delivered and some must pay to go pick it up? If you or anyone else knows how to begin the lawsuit, I will be the first to join in S


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