How strange that the supposed Mailbox Heist at the sinister hands of the Trump administration has been occurring since the 1980s.
In 2009, WaPo wrote of the mailbox conspiracy. It stated, “half of the blue boxes in the Washington area have disappeared in the last nine years, and 200,000 nationwide have been plucked up in the last 20 years, leaving 175,000 total.”
There are currently 141,900 mailboxes according to the USPS. Note 14,000 were removed under the Obama/Biden administration.
In the last decade, mailed items fell from 171bn to 142.6bn (-17%).
First class mail volumes have fallen from 28.9bn in 2010 to 16.5bn in 2019. Down 43%.
Retail offices have shrunk from 36,222 in 2010 to 34,613 in 2019. Or down 4.5%.
Post offices now have to compete with a plethora of delivery services from Amazon, FedEx and UPS. Furthermore many businesses and agencies accept PDFs for many documents.
Why not let the USPS speak for itself?
“Historically, mailboxes have been removed for lack of use and installed in growth areas…When a collection box consistently receives very small amounts of mail for months on end, it costs the Postal Service money in fuel and work hours for letter carriers to drive to the mailbox and collect the mail. Removing the box is simply good business sense in that respect. It is important to note that anyone with a residential or business mailbox can use it as a vehicle to send outgoing mail.”
It is so easy to run conspiracy theories but one look at the data and another myth busted. But hey, who would run a voter suppression or voter ID narrative?We remind people of a video made by Ami Horowitz on the very subject. Who knew it was the dimple the opposite of the narrative?!?