I don’t know if this is the norm for every home across the Island, but where we moved, you must get a community mailbox before receiving mail. So shortly after closing on our house, I went to the nearest post office and asked:
“Hi, I would like to get a mailbox, please. We just moved in up the street.”
“Ok, before I can give you a mailbox, I will need to see one piece of ID and mail with your address on it.”
“I don’t have mail with my new address on it because I can’t receive mail until I get a mailbox.”
We went back and forth with this a couple of times until I suggested I come back with something stating I lived at the address in question.
It took a few weeks to return because they close at 5 pm. But they reluctantly gave us a mailbox (we arrived 10 minutes before 5) but with a stern warning – “We don’t sort mail at the post office. We return to sender if you don’t include the box number in your address.”
I get the feeling that there is some stress at our new local PO.