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Mailbox baseball isn't legal

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By The Staff

Editor:

I am a mail carrier here in Williston, and there has been a recurring problem that we face that not only causes problems for us, but for our customers and also happens to be a crime. Mailbox baseball, which is hitting a mailbox with a baseball bat or other object, seems to be a form of enjoyment to some young individuals. I have an area on my route that continues to have their mailboxes destroyed, all to give these offenders a moment of joy. The result is that the customers may miss out on important mail that they may be waiting on because we have to carry it back to the post office until the mailbox is replaced. I have customers who have had to replace their mailboxes numerous times. This is not only an inconvenience, but also gets to be expensive.

U.S. Code Title 18, Section 1705 states that " whoever willfully or maliciously injures, tears down or destroys any letter box or other receptacle intended or used for the receipt or delivery of mail on any mail route, or breaks open the same or willfully or maliciously injures, defaces or destroys any mail deposited therein, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both."

This is a serious crime, and although many of these offenders have gotten away with it in the past, as with most criminals, there will come a time when they will get caught. After speaking with some local residents that have had this happen to them, there have already been some suspects named. It would be a shame for these individuals to have their lives ruined by something so ridiculous.

If you have any information on any person(s) who have commited these types of crimes, please notify the local authorities.

Jodi Heckmann

Williston