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Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by djackjr, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. djackjr

    djackjr Songster

    Sep 24, 2008
    Graham Wa.
    Why do people bash up mailboxes!! never had this problem in the city, just out in the country!!! 2nd mailbox in 5 years smashed in I am so [​IMG] I could [​IMG] whoever did this... Probably bored teens....sigh
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    I'm in the middle of the city, but mailbox is right off the highway. Cars run into it, bats have dented it, has been ran into the ditch, dug up, and defaced.

    Probably just a "fun" target for bored kids who walk along the highway at night or people thinking they can turn around into the mail box. [​IMG]

    Hasn't been that bad in the past few years though... We have the largest sized mail box that is Ok'ed by the PO and it now sits 4 feet further from the road than before on a 8x8 wood pole that has reflectors wrapped all over it.

    If it's kids with bats, and you don't mind a smaller mail box, you can fill a large box with some concrete, and press a smaller mail box inside so you get basically a two layer concrete wall mail box for them to try and hit.

    Also for the pole, if cars are hitting it, put some metal studs so to say around the base at various levels so if anyone does swipe it, you'll leave some nice big long nail scrapes/holes in their bumper. Mail box might be more prone to getting torn out of the ground, but makes people think twice before deciding to ram the box off the side of the road if it's gong to take their bumper with it. Can also put the pole into a large planter and fill the planter with rocks/concrete to stop cars from using your box as pole pinball.

    Good luck with the mail box.
  3. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator Staff Member Premium Member 11 Years

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    Silkie, you are sooooo bad.
    I must meet you someday. [​IMG]
  4. greyhorsewoman

    greyhorsewoman Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Endless Mts, NE PA
    Just remember, there are federal and, possibly, local regulations regarding mailboxes. While you'll see a lot of variety out there, many that do not comply with any regulations, if your mailbox is set in concrete and a vehicle or person gets injured, you could be held liable for damages.

    I'm not arguing that it's maddening to have property damaged (and it might actually be a federal crime to damage a mailbox), but to install something that is totally unforgiving when hit is not acceptable.
  5. djackjr

    djackjr Songster

    Sep 24, 2008
    Graham Wa.
    Definately was kids with a bat! Maybe the mailbox within mailbox I.D Might work...
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Haha, got all types of bad ideas. Like throwing out very rusty nails onto the paths the darned dirt bikes were trespassing through. Only stopped them for a few days, but then stopped for good once I found the "owner" to the back lot who was the uncle these kids and said I didn't want to get the police involved.... my guess is he is renting and doesn't want me to march over to mukilteo and tell the real owner what's going on.

    Royicus and I might try to make the trip back to Oregon earlier in the day one of these trips and stop by Oregon city on the way back down to corvallis. We'll have to figure that one own when the time comes :p

    I figure if the box is set in stone like the many telephone poles that don't budge when hit, oh well. Then again... the large metal power poles have been hit many times just up the street and have seen a number of cars crushed in half. Don't really think the mail box can stand up to one of those, maybe I should mount the box on the power pole!
  7. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Songster

    May 23, 2008
    Peterborough, ON
    I'm a teen, and honestly have no issues with saying, it's the smalltown/country living issue, where there aren't the activities for teens, so they feel they should deface things as fun. Mailboxes aren't the huge problem here, though it happens occasionally, kids around here however, tip gravestones. EXTREMELY disrespectful.
  8. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    It would be the same brats that came out to my house on 4th of July eve and dumpped all the trash cans and STOLE THEM.....7 of them to be exact. One metal can and plastic ones with rollers and just plain old brown cans...found one up at the neighbors driveway never found the rest.

    GRRRR [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] It never ceases to amaze me! That is why I have a PO Box. Not worth the effort to thwart the 16-18 year old brats!
  9. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL
    Quote:around here people put their mailboxes in brick... I dont think setting your mailbox in concrete would be bad.. [​IMG]
  10. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Quote:But, If it is hit by vandals, it is very acceptable.

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