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A few weeks ago, the weekly letter that my mother writes and sends to me from Victoria (I’m in Queensland) was ‘Returned to Sender’ as it was delivered to the wrong address. Now, my mother CLEARLY wrote my street address, it was just that Australia Post had delivered it to the wrong address (only a few streets over). Now, my question is this – if you had a letter that had obviously been delivered to the wrong address, would you ‘Return to Sender’, or just re-post or even hand deliver it yourself? I have hand delivered several letters that have made their way to my letterbox, even though they were not addressed to me, as has my mother. Are our actions the norm, or are we the exception?


Posted by mindafaye, 10th April 2014


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  • I live rurally so house are quite a distance apart. I feel I get a letter with the wrong address, I usually pop it into a letterbox next time I come across one


  • Most people return a letter to the PO if is not there’s!


  • If the postman made a mistake and put a letter in our box that was for a totally different address I would just pop in back in the mail. if it was my address and that person didn’t live there I would RTS. If we moved to a new place and the old tenant got mail I give it a week before RTS (give it to the real estate agent to forward on).


  • I generally deliver the letter to the address especially if it is not far away. If it is the wrong suburb or state I take it to the post office and they fix it all up!


  • I have to hand deliver mail delivered in error fairly frequently; gives me a chance to say “hello’ to neighbours.


  • yeah i think that you are a great person to take it back to them


  • If the address is close by I just pop it in their letterbox; happens fairly frequently.


  • just take it to them because it’s no big deal. at least it got returned


  • I would hand deliver if it wasn’t too far.


  • I would personally bring it to you if it wasn’t that far, even if it was by driving. Some people are just pure lazy & I can’t get over the fact someone wouldn’t do that for you. I received someone’s letter a couple months ago, the street names were quite similar but it was approx 10 mins away. I took my daughter’s for a walk & we took it to the persons house. It was an elderly couple so they were very grateful.


  • thats strange, you think it would be easier to send it to the correct address


  • yeah, I usually just drop it off if it is close. otherwise I pop it into the post office or box for redelivery (not return to sender)


  • seems like a not very nice person got your mail, I would of just dropped it off in the post box


  • I would repost and get it to the right person


  • Depends – if the address was close, I’d hand deliver it, if not I’d write not at this address or RTS and pop it back in the post or hand it back to the post office advising them of their error. At least it was returned to your mother and not lost or thrown out.


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