Originally posted by MyLifeVacation1: Add me to the post office bandwagon: While on an extended trip to Florida I did an online temporary change of address. Even though I was not leaving Fla. until Feb. 27, I had the ending date of the change of address Feb. 20. When I got home on Feb. 28 I expected to see mail in my box but it was empty. Next day I should have received the elec/water bill. It is ALWAYS in the box on the first day of the month.
So I called the post office -- the supervisor was not in, left two messages for a return call. It never came. On Mar. 2 I "caught" the mailman. He covered his butt and said changes take up to 10 day to take effect. Huh? That makes no sense.
On Monday, March 4th I started getting mail. So, I have lost 10 days of mail. It will eventually show up -- probably June. But still -- I trusted them to do their part right. Guess I was wrong.
One thing I can tell you is that the post office won't deliver your held mail until you have accepted at least one regular mail delivery. So, if you are planning to arrive home on a certain date, you shouldn't have your mail delivery re-start until that day so you can accept that day's mail (get it out of your mailbox) and the carrier can then deliver your held mail the next day. Also, if a mail box isn't emptied for a certain number of days (I forget how many), the carrier can opt to return all of that delivered mail to sender.