I live in an apartment complex. The mailboxes for all the units are in a small structure near the entrance.
The mailboxes are all the same size - a fairly wide and deep, but not very tall rectangle. They are perhaps 11" W x 13" D x 3" H - there is plenty of room to place a standard 8.5 x 11 document, magazine, etc. inside laying flat with space to spare. The mailman has a special key that opens the entire front of the mailbox structure so he has direct access to all the boxes.
Despite this, the mailman (or someone else handling my mail before it gets to him) inexplicably folds anything larger than a normal letter in half before jamming it into my box. This means any sort of larger document I get, any magazine, etc. is folded in half and ends up somewhere between annoyingly bent and ruined.
I just got a calendar sent from the local flight school with some great pictures of airplanes, etc., but it’s basically useless because it was folded in half and doesn’t stay flat on the wall no matter what I do. I checked, there would have been more than enough room to just place this flat in the mailbox. Similarly, I got a packet of stuff from my health insurance company for the new year, which included a bunch of nicely printed brochures, which were all folded in half. Every issue of The Economist I get is screwed up as well, and I usually end up just reading the article on my iPad because the printed version doesn’t stay flat.
Do I have any chance of getting the USPS to stop doing this? I know my chances with a large, unaccountable bureaucracy with a government-enforced monopoly are low, but what is my best chance of success? Should I put a note in the box for the mailman, visit the local post office and ask for the manager, or what?