Bakersfield man can't get mail because mailbox deemed too far from curb

The U.S. Postal Service in Bakersfield, Calif., won't deliver mail to Brian Pasqua's mailbox because it is too far from the curb. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

A Bakersfield man says a new mailbox resulted in the U.S. Postal Service stopping his mail delivery.

There are two issues at play – less than two feet and less than 10 seconds. A distance and time the post office is unwilling to cover.

"So, they stopped my mail, canceled it, and I have to get a P.O. box now," a frustrated Brian Pasqua said.

Pasqua's new mailbox is the reason the post office won't deliver his mail. It's a plain and simple white mailbox. There's nothing offensive or unusual about it.

The problem is Pasqua's new mailbox isn't where his old mail box used to be.

"They said because you've opted out of curbside delivery," Pasqua said. "I'm still on the curb."

According to the USPS website, mailboxes should be 6- to 8-inches off the curb. Pasqua's old mailbox fit that request, but his new mailbox is farther back. About a foot-and-a-half farther back.

With Pasqua's old mailbox the mail carrier could deliver the mail without leaving the vehicle. The new mailbox being set back further from the curb means the carrier needs to exit the vehicle.

"Their calculations are so stringent that they cannot allow the extra time, the 8 to 10 seconds, to deliver my mail the extra 18 inches," Pasqua said.

Amazingly this isn't the first time mail confusion has hit Pasqua's neighborhood. Jennifer Massa, who lives just a handful of doors down from Pasqua, dealt with this years ago.

"We put it in the grass but they wouldn't deliver it," she said.

That's why Massa's mailbox is on the curb in a giant flower pot filled with cement.

"As long as it's there and on the curb, it'll be delivered," Massa said. "But if it's back a couple of feet, no."

What Massa and Pasqua can't figure out is why the rule doesn't apply to everyone.

Up and down their street many mailboxes can be found two, if not three or four feet back from the curb.

"No, it doesn't make sense," Massa said. "It's all over Quailwood, it's different and it's just that's the law. I mean – the post office law."

While Massa has a flowery sense of humor about her potted mailbox. Pasqua is fuming over what he sees as an abuse of power.

"I mean, at what point do we just say enough is enough," he said.

A USPS spokesperson said the post office is looking into the situation. For now, though, Pasqua is not getting his mail at his home.

However, he is considering a flower pot.

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