By DaisyMay - 04/04/2011 19:47 - United States
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You "found it missing?" Sounds like you lost it. YDI. Time to go hustle up some cash on the street corner, OP!
If they have a key, that means they get their mail at the post office, which means it gets sorted and placed directly into the box from inside the mailroom. They're not getting into the mailroom to grab it before it gets put in the box. It doesn't work that way. They COULD, however, go to the counter and ASK about it. If they show ID, I see no reason why the mail person wouldn't give them their mail (I don't know if they'd need ID or not...here you can just say the box number, but it's a small town).
I also have a key to my mail box, which costs $25 to replace if it goes missing. All of the homes in my neighborhood share a bank of mailboxes, so the mail carrier only has to make one stop to deliver mail to 20 homes. I was thinking this was the case for OP, and FHL because not only do you have to pay for a new key, but it takes awhile! When we bought our house, it took five days for the box to be rekeyed.