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yourguide Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 07:38 PM
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Is certified mail ever good news?
I got a pink USPS notice for a certified letter the day after thanksgiving so the slip was picked up today to redeliver.

Luckily it's not restricted delivery.

I dont owe any money (as far as I know). No lawsuit as far as I know. Dont own a home, so no homeowners association fees. Not late on any bills.

There was no sender listed on the pink slip so it's giving me anxiety...
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Tangerine LaBamba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 07:39 PM
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1. Try this:
Maybe someone for whom you did a kindness a long time ago, someone you hardly knew, has passed on and left you a massive amount of money.

Does that help?
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BrklynLiberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 07:44 PM
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2. I bet that is exactly what it is..
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Phred42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 07:57 PM
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12. Maybe it's your draft notice from 1970
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yourguide Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:28 PM
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25. I am a female and was just born in 1970.
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Phred42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 08:50 AM
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33. There ya go again.... getting technical on me....
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 07:45 PM
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3. it has been for me but i knew about it in advance
Edited on Sat Nov-29-08 07:47 PM by pitohui
for instance my mom asked me to watch for a certified mail for a gift check (at that time you could give someone a gift of $10K in a year without paying a gift tax and an older relative wished to do so -- now it's 12K )-- yay, i call that fairly good news!

i'm trying to think of any time when an unknown certified letter was good news, i probably can't off the top, but i'm sure as soon as i log off, i will

very often a certified letter could be someone sending a nice gift (large check or gift card) -- they just want to be sure you get it safely

it's going toward christmas, i'm going to think positive and assume it's a gift, keeping my fingers crossed for you

when you go to pick it up, can you ask for the return address and then refuse to accept it if there is no return address? i thought since anthrax you couldn't send stuff w.out a return address, the info should be out there, shouldn't it!?

good luck, i'm quite optimistic really, i think it's just an error or haste that the letter carrier didn't note down the sender

i was about to send a gift card by certified mail but if it causes this much angst maybe i won't?

wouldn't it be cool if one of your older relatives is trying to get her estate down to size and has sent you a xmas gift of $12K????? :woohoo: i know i've got an imagination but stranger things have happened even to me!

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uppityperson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 07:46 PM
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4. It can be, but I know what you mean. Rather like "you have a pm from Skinner"
that ends up being just request for donation. (omg, what did I do NOW?!?!?)
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Pharaoh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 07:48 PM
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5. Oh you are toast now!
:nopity: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
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RB TexLa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 07:48 PM
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6. It's usually good news if you didn't use ACH for a transfer checks are usually mailed certified
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 07:49 PM
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7. Could be a jury duty summons
I received two such notices, both for grand jury duty.

dg
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yourguide Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 07:54 PM
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9. Via certified? I am in NY if that means anything.
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OswegoAtheist Donating Member (440 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:06 PM
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15. Jury Duty in NY
I'm not sure if it varies county-by-county (it probably does), but my wife and I have, in total, been summoned in Chemung, Broome and Schuyler counties, and it has never been by certified mail. YMMV, of course. Now that I've posted this, it will turn out to be jury duty, just to prove me wrong.

Oswego "It's a desperate attempt by Best Buy to make sure you get a circular" Atheist
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:29 PM
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26. regular jury duty doesn't get sent out certified mail here
but grand jury duty does. and if you don't show up, the sheriff comes looking for ya.

dg
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:27 PM
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22. to make sure you received the notice
at least in Texas. I was told they did this because too many people were saying they never got the notice, so now they make you sign for it.

dg
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foxfeet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:59 PM
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32. Maybe a federal jury?
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 07:59 PM
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13. wow our juries are way too cheap for that
they just wander in by snail mail, usually when i'm off on another continent and then hilarity ensues

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HopeFor2006 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 07:53 PM
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8. I hope it's money!
:bounce:
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Cleita Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 07:56 PM
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10. Some people send certified mail when they want to make sure you get it,
hence the signature, but don't want the expense of sending it registered.
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DemBones DemBones Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 07:57 PM
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11. That's how I was notified of my college acceptance and

merit scholarship by my first choice college. I thought it was excellent news!
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:06 PM
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14. I've had two...
Once for a check from a class action suit I didn't even remember being a part of, and another was a cash gift from a relative.
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peace13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:07 PM
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16. Worry at this point is useless.
Put it out of your mind until you can do something about it. Breathe in through your nose and out through your nose in long even breaths, your body will thank you. Peace, Kim
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Geoff R. Casavant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:07 PM
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17. Hop on USPS.com
You can put in the tracking number and that will tell you the zip code where it was mailed.
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yourguide Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:30 PM
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28. nope, certified does not show that in the tracking.
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FarCenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:09 PM
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18. Maybe it's your winnings from that Nigerian lottery!
Could be something simple like a neighbor with a non-conforming lot wants to build a deck.

If he has to get a zoning variance around here, he has to notify all neighbors within a certain radius of the zoning board hearing.
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greendog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:22 PM
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19. A former landlady sent me a certified letter.
On the theory that it was bad news (I broke the lease agreement due to bad finances) I let it return to her.

A few weeks later it came back to me by regular mail. It was a check for $20.00 for shoveling a little bit of snow off the sidewalk.
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:24 PM
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20. Not if it comes from me
It means I'm trying to collect money from you. One lady bounced a check and next week I'm heading to the court house to file against her. She should have picked up the letter and called me to work it out. *shrug*
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yourguide Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:27 PM
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23. No bounced checks here.
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pitohui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:28 PM
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24. you're getting a xmas gift, i really think so!!!
i think you would know if you had a financial issue, i think it's xmas bells!
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tammywammy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:29 PM
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27. I'd pick it up.
It could be a check for something.
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yourguide Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:31 PM
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29. Having it redelivered.
There is no signature restriction on it meaning my BF could pick it up when the mail man rings monday or tuesday.

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NNN0LHI Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:26 PM
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21. No bad stuff comes in the mail
Bad stuff comes with a badge.

I wouldn't lose any sleep over it.

Don
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pnwmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:38 PM
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30. I've both sent and received checks that way. Also, packages.
Anything valuable that the sender wants to be able to track.
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yourguide Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-29-08 08:41 PM
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31. This is a letter not a package so maybe a check...fingers crossed.
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 08:57 AM
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34. Its going to be Bad news, its ALWAYS Bad news, there has never been good news delivered by mail.
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crispini Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 08:59 AM
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35. Code enforcement!
Is your grass too high? Got a junker in the driveway? Might be code enforcement.
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lonestarnot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 09:00 AM
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36. You can ask who it's from before you accept delivery.
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recoveringrepublican Donating Member (779 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 09:00 AM
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37. I love sweepstakes, and when I win sometimes I get notice by certified mail. nt
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 10:28 AM
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38. If they sent it certified, they want confirmation you got it
Edited on Sun Nov-30-08 10:32 AM by treestar
Doesn't have to be bad - often is something to do with the law, but it could just be someone sending you something and they want to make sure you got it - the only purpose for sending something that way is that it gets signed for, so you know they got it.

I'm a lawyer and so use it for "bad" purposes per the recipient's POV, but I have received it from clients sending documents they thought important enough to make sure it was received. This can apply to mail containing money orders or checks, too. So maybe it's your aunt sending you an early Christmas present and wants to make sure you get it!
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-30-08 10:30 AM
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39. For me, certified mail is usually a copy of some distant relative's will
And a letter explaining how all of the person's money is going to a trust, and not to me.
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