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Old 11-12-2015, 02:05 PM
 
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Does anyone else experience exceedingly inconsistent mail delivery in the N. Raleigh area (specifically the 27614 area code)? There are times we get our mail delivered at 7 or 8pm in the evening, and there are other days where no mail delivery comes at all. It's so inconsistent that it's become a running joke in our neighborhood. I wondered if this was also the norm for the overall area north of I540 ? I do know that neighbors have complained to the post office, and the management there claims the problem resides with inconsistent substitute drivers. Seems the post office knows what the problem is, but just doesn't seem very interested in fixing it.
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Old 11-12-2015, 04:41 PM
 
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USPS is hurting and trying to keep career complement low.
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Old 11-12-2015, 04:48 PM
 
Location: NC
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I might be remembering wrong, but I think that a postman is not required to stop at a house unless he is delivering mail. If you want something picked up you need to be sure your little red flag is pointed up, and then they will stop (normally).
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Old 11-12-2015, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Carolina Shores NC
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We now have several different postmen who run our route. They come at different times usually between 10am and 3pm. It's not a problem really.
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Old 11-12-2015, 06:28 PM
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Location: Raleigh, NC
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I live in 27613 (just south of Creedmoor & Hwy 98), and don't have issues with mail delivery.
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Old 11-12-2015, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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The mail delivery here in the past 6 months has been a running joke in our family! Up until that point, we had a consistent mail carrier who delivered mail fairly late in the day: 4 PM -5 PM, and once in a great while we'd see him show up later. But he apparently changed routes or quit, because now mail trucks sometimes go down our street 3-4 times per day. We cannot figure it out! On Tuesday, my daughter (who was waiting for birthday cards) ran to the mailbox after we saw the mail truck go by. Then about 30 minutes later, the mailtruck (or another one) came by again, and she ran out again and got more mail. Today I saw it come by and deliver our mail and then come by again about 10 minutes later (didn't deliver mail though). Our mailboxes are in an alleyway, so they're not just passing through on the street. You'd only drive on the street to deliver mail.

My husband asked one of the mail carriers and he said that they split up the route and that different people are delivering to different parts of the route. But it appears that there is some overlapping. On Monday, the mailman came at 8:30 in the morning! I have never seen in a mailtruck on our street that early in almost 4 years of living here! It's quite bizarre!
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Raleigh NC
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some of those USPS trucks are delivering Amazon.com etal packages.

USPS mail is (no longer) a right, rather a privilege. Rightly or wrongly, how much mail do we receive these days that is so time-sensitive that 1 extra day makes a real difference?
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Old 11-12-2015, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Research Triangle, NC
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I live in 27614 and have experienced the exact same thing as the OP.

It's only as recent as maybe the last couple of months though.
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Old 11-13-2015, 05:42 AM
 
Location: Lake Gaston, NC
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Mail here usually comes so late that I have just got in the habit of picking up yesterday's mail with the morning newspaper. That keeps my expectations low so I'm never disappointed by late mail.
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Old 11-13-2015, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Sodo Sopa at The Villas above Kenny' s House.
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When I lived in a neighborhood off Glascock st 27604 we had inconsistent mail delivery. There would be different carrier almost everyday. We still had front door delivery so it was noticeable that you saw different faces. Many of them weren't even in proper uniform. Completely random delivery times etc.. Finally one day a "higher up" person was assisting a carrier and I asked him about what I'd observed. In my case a regular person was assigned to the route but was on medical leave for an extended duration. Subs were being used and carriers that had completed their usual route early would pick up the slack. It wasn't uncommon at all to see 2-3 different carriers within my hood on the same day.
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