I heard some neighbors disputing whether our mail carrier is supposed to pick up our outgoing mail in addition to dropping off the incoming. I was surprised: everyplace I've lived, it's never been a question. Mailboxes come with outgoing letter clips and special flags to alert the carrier that mail is inside the box; sometimes we'd leave a short stack under the box, or whatever.
But now I discover a colleague in Illinois replaced her mailbox with a giant porch basket -- which the carrier has been using for five years to dump mail into. Her reasoning was that they don't pick up mail anyway, so there's no need to maintain an official box.
The neighbors here were saying that our carrier DOES pick up mail and he's doing us a mighty special favor. Another (50-year resident of the neighborhood) never leaves mail out -- he always takes it to the nearest drop box. He says picking up mail is not part of the carrier's job.
What say ye, TT?
And on a side note, does the USPS realize that some folks don't have any idea of what basic level of service is to be expected? :-)