[SpamCop-List] Re: Got my first "legal" spam today
smcgarrett at hawaii.com
Wed Jan 28 21:37:11 EST 2004
Possum Trot wrote:
> "MaddSybil" <maddsybil at spamcop.net> wrote in message
> news:bv8k2m$mf9$1 at news.spamcop.net...
>>What USPS rules did it break?
> For a couple of years there has been a Postal Service regulation that those
> using a private mail box like at the UPS Store (formerly Mailboxes etc.)
> cannot use an address of "Suite 1234" or "#1234", but rather must state PMB
> 1234 or Private Mail Box 1234. This spam breaks that rule.
According to the current Domestic Mail Manual, "#" is still a valid
designator for a PMB. IIRC, small business owners and trade associations
raised a good deal of flack in a congressional committee when the USPS
proposed this rule, and allowing the "#" was the resulting compromise.
Indeed, most PMB users prefer "#", since the postal droids often mistake
"PMB" for "POB".
In reality, getting the nine-digit ZIP right is usually all that
matters. Since most private mail receiving agencies have their own
nine-digit ZIP, that's the only part of the address the Post Office
OTOH, shared office suites, like HQ, offer similar services for home
businesses. Their customers can legally have an address like "123 Main
St., Ste. 345", even though there's no physical suite 345 at that
address. Looks like a double standard to me.
"LART 'em, Danno!"
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