How to Return to Sender at the Post Office

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The reliability of the U. S. Postal service is legendary. Neither sleet nor storm will stop postal carriers from their appointed rounds to deliver your mail. But what happens if you get a letter or parcel you don’t want? The best solution is to return it to the person who sent it. If you are at the post office, this is a very simple procedure.

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Separate the mail to be returned from that to be kept.

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Write “refused, return to sender” on the rejected letter or parcel.

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Hand the rejected mail to the postal worker at the counter. If there is no one at the counter, place the refused item in the slot reserved for misboxed mail.



  • Do not open the letter or parcel. There is no charge for returning unopened mail, but you will have to pay return shipping if it is opened.



About the Author

Teresa Patterson has been writing professionally for 15 years. Her credits include The World of the Wheel of Time with Robert Jordan and three other books, as well as numerous nonfiction articles and short stories. She also works as a professional balloon artist and a show horse trainer.

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