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Does a letter have to be sealed for the mail man to pick it up?

Asked by cliofaye (405points) November 8th, 2011

I wrote a letter to my mom and the mail man refuses to take it. I even wrote him a note asking him to take it but he never did. could it be because it’s not sealed?

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chyna's avatar

Does it have an address and stamp on it? If not, he won’t take it. Why didn’t you seal it?

cliofaye's avatar

@chyna yes it has all that but instead of fully sealing it I tucked the flap inside the envelope

dappled_leaves's avatar

Depending where you live, it may be your responsibility to take the letter to a mailbox, instead of expecting a mailman to pick it up. I was all confused about the same question after moving to a new city, but on looking it up, I found that my expectation was unrealistic. Presumably, that explains the glaring looks I’d been getting from my mail carrier.

cliofaye's avatar

@dappled_leaves it’s not that because he usually gets the mail. Well he doesn’t like us so he might be purposely doing it

JilltheTooth's avatar

He probably doesn’t want to take the chance of being held liable if something happens to the contents. Mail tampering is a federal offense. Would you want to risk being charged with that? Just seal the letter. Whether or not he likes you probably has nothing to do with it.

SpatzieLover's avatar

I don’t get why the letter isn’t sealed. But, I have gotten junk mail that wasn’t sealed. Do you have a return address on the envelope?

cliofaye's avatar

@SpatzieLover yes it has everything on it

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