United States Postal Service Complaint - Money Stolen!
I understand that you should never send cash through the mail. I never have and never will, however it's not always easy to break someone else's ways: My grandmother called me on 1/14/09 and told me she was sending my birthday money ($50) in the mail with a card as she has done every year for the past 20 years. I received the card today, 1/16/09, and found that the envelope had been opened and re-taped, and there was a handwritten note on the back with "sorry opened by mistake delivered to wrong address". Of course, the $50 was missing. On the front of the card, my zipcode written by my grandmother as part of my address had been scribbled out, someone else re-wrote my zipcode then scribbled it out again, then wrote it a third time on the front of the envelope.
Again, my grandmother has been sending my birthday cards to this same address for the past 10 out of 20 years. She know my correct zipcode and prints legibly. I can see through the scribble enough to see that the correct zipcode was written originally. In addition, the postal barcode at the bottom clearly reads "18018". I have no reason to believe that this card was delivered to someone's home, opened, and then handed back to the postman for re-delivery for several reasons:
1) if someone is going to steal money after a card was delivered at the wrong residential address, why would the thief bother to give the card back to the postman to redeliver? It would be easier to just throw away the card as though it never existed.
2) The card is postmarked 1/14/09. It has always taken exactly 2 days for mail to come from my grandmother's address to mine. If the card was truly delivered "accidentally" to the wrong zip code, it is not likely that I would have received it until at least the 17th when the postman was able to redeliver it. This gives me reason to believe that the crime was committed by a U.S. postal worker.