Yakima resident challenges Postal Service over mailboxes for third time in 30 years

For Jim Hopfinger, learning that the street one of his tenants was living on was forced to accept a group mailbox was a bit of déjà vu.

It’s a battle Hopfinger fought with the post office in 1989 and in 2006, when the U.S. Postal Service attempted to force him and his neighbors to accept curbside mailboxes or lose their mail service.

This time, he’s fighting the installation of a “cluster box” that he said inconveniences residents and is illegal since they were already getting mail at their homes.

“It’s the same situation, and the law hasn’t changed,” Hopfinger said. “Every time we get a new postmaster, he breaks the statute.”

A Postal Service spokesman said this time the issue is a matter of safety, citing a dozen complaints about dogs in the area threatening mail carriers.

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