I live in an apartment building. For the last year or so, I have been getting mail in my mailbox (#4B) that belongs to John and Mary “Smith”, tenants in another apartment (#4R) in the other wing of my building. It started with a mystery package that was delivered via UPS and left on my doorstep; my super was able to link the name on the label to the proper apartment for me.
Since then, I get at least one or two pieces of mail a week addressed to this couple in my mailbox. Some of it seems to be junk mail; other stuff seems to be materials that they were probably expecting.
The time I received the package, I hand delivered it to John, who turned out to be an older man absolutely soaked to the gills at 6:30 PM. (I have never seen Mary.) When I explained to him that his package was misdirected, he just stared at me with all the comprehension of a cucumber. Since then, I leave their mail on the shelf below their mailbox, with 4B crossed out and 4R written large. I have also written notes on the envelopes, asking the Smiths to please file a change of address form at the post office, to no apparent avail.
I’m tired of getting their mail, and I don’t want the responsiblity of making sure they get it. I’ve left a note in my own mailbox asking the letter carrier to put the Smiths’s mail in the box for 4R, but still I get pieces of their mail. I have no idea if anyone in that household is capable of getting their acts together to file a change of address.
Is there any chance I can do it for them? I could reject their mail, but I don’t want them to not get it - I just don’t want to have to play carrier pigeon, or worse, be accused sometime of withholding a really important piece of mail. Suggestions?