Putting flyers on mailboxes....every day a lesson learned

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Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams First Coast Realty

Now why didn't anyone tell me that putting a flyer on a mailbox was illegal solicitation? All this time, I've seen many many people put things on mailboxes. In fact, a girl in my office says that she did that usually on Saturday nights because the mailman didn't have mail to put in there. I knew that people don't always like it and that it annoyed some people, but I didn't know that it was illegal! I feel like so criminal. I'm almost tempted to go back and take them off of the 500 mailboxes that I put them on. My name is all over it. UGH. It wasn't exactly solicitation though, because it was a newsletter. At the end of the newsletter there was a " thanks for the referrals and be sure to share this newsletter with family and friends." There was also a If you want to know how much your home is worth then call me, but there wasn't a direct solicitation on there. Am I in big trouble?

 I've never broken the law...aside from an occasional speeding ticket.

The way that I found out was that I was about to hand a flyer to a guy who was at the end of his driveway, and said "do you know that is illegal for you to put those ads on mailboxes?"

Has anyone ever done this?

I normally mail my farm, but I figured that I could save money and reach more people this way. I live in a neighborhood of about 700+ houses. I usually only mail 200 of them and at .50 or more for each postcard, I'm strapped.

 I'd love to hear from y'all! 

 PS: I didn't put the flyers in the mailbox, but rolled them up and put them between the mailbox flag and the mailbox, some were put into the little newpaper slot, some were put between the decorative mailbox posts, some were put into the wild plants that people have around their mailboxes(some of the flowers are nice around the mailbox, but overgrowth around the box causes a hazard to the poor mailmen...there were BEES in them).

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Steven
I got hired on Friday and saterday to hang flyers from mailboxes, on saterday I got stopped and yelled at by a post office guy telling me that I couldn't do that, and that it is illegal to hang flyers from the flags of mailboxes. He was getting In my face, yelling at me and saying it was illegal, and I knew for a fact that it WAS LEGAL to HANG flyers FROM a mailbox, and that it was ILLEGAL to PUT them IN a mail box. So at that point I told him to get the hell out if my face, and demanded he gave me his supervisors number so that I could #1 report him, and #2 check the law with the postmaster. So I called and talked to the postmaster and he confirmed that it IS legal to hand them FROM a mialbox, but you CANNOT put them in a mailbox. So I as right, and you did nothing wrong, I checked the law and talked to the postmaster about it.
March 19, 2012 09:08 PM
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Dan

Well, no one has answered the question yet, what will happen if you do put flyers in mailboxes? I did it today without knowing it was an offence and my broker told me to never do it again and explained why. I had NO IDEA! That is was a federal offense and all...

So what am I looking at for trouble? Will I have to pay? I put the flyers inside of about 75 mail boxes. I have a client looking for a home in the neighborhood and so I thought I would leave everyone a flyer asking if they were open to selling to an all cash buyer.

Am I in big trouble here?!?  

October 21, 2012 07:08 PM
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Scott

Someone has answered the question...

Under current law, a violation of the mailbox restriction law is an infraction that can be punished by a fine but not by imprisonment. The maximum fine for each offense is $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for organizations. [See Footnote 6]

November 20, 2012 09:48 AM
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Teresa

I was called by our post master and was told only stamped items can be placed in the mailbox, but however, I could either put the flyer between the flag and the box, or just put them in door ways.  He figured I wasn't aware and that is why he called.

December 19, 2012 05:05 PM
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mike

I do not like anyone going in my  mailbox.  Would you  like some going into some personal thing of your  like your bank account . When my mother was alive I remember this person always coming to put something in the mailbox when her check arrived.  sorry 

August 03, 2013 08:22 AM
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