Post # 1
My front door was unlocked. My husband forgot to lock it when he left for work.
On Monday the post lady opened the front door and stepped into the porch. I confronted her, she apologised and said she thought the front door was just an outer door, not the main door. I told her thats fine easy mistake (even though in the UK its rare to have an inner and outer door and all the other houses in my street are exactly the same setup), and she went on her merry way.
On Tuesday the door knocked and i got up to make my way to the front door. Aproximately 1 second later the front door opened and to my amazement when i walked into the hallway thepost lady was in our study putting a parcel on the computer table. She had turned around and left before i could say anything to her.
No i understand that the front door should have been locked although I should no have to lock myself into my house all day. We live in a good area.
I assumed that simple ettiquette stated that you wait until you are invited in before entering someones properly even if the door is unlocked unless prior consent has been given.
Is this trespassing even though my door was unlocked. Should i report her to the royal mail?
Post # 3
@ChocolateLime: Was the weather bad? Maybe she was trying to save the package from getting ruined? I work midnights and one day woke up to find two huge boxes sitting in my kitchen. They had been delivered and the guy brought them in the house…he’s lucky our “killer” cat didn’t attack him, truthfully, we’re lucky she didn’t too! Anyhow, I think he brought them in because the weather wasn’t so great.
It is strange that she did it a second time after you talked to her about it, but maybe there was a reason? If not, I’d possibly call up the mail and just politely say that you would rather the mail person not come in the house to drop things off, understandably so!
Post # 4
@LincsMama: It was a dry and sunny day yesterday. The parcel even had delivery instruction to leave behind the gate if wet and i was out.
Post # 5
We had a problem with the mailman for awhile where they would enter our garage without permission and leave our mail and packages on top of our recycling bin. They would bang on our grage door really loudly and leave before we could even go to it. If they had gone to the front door we could have answered it more easily and taken our stuff directly from them. We had to complain several times before they would stop entering our garage. For us it was more of a wildlife issue because they didn’t properly close the sticky service door and things like racoons were getting into our birdseed. Now they just leave packages by the service door under our 3 foot overhang which keeps them adequately protected from the weather.
Post # 6
@ChocolateLime: Then I would definitely call and tell them to inform her not to enter your house again.
We are currently having issues with our mailman leaving our packages on top of the snow bank on the street! Our mailbox is on the street and the snow is currently taller than the mailbox, but you can still access our mailbox. Yesterday this box was left literally hanging off the snow bank! Any strong wind would have made it fall…not to mention the fact that is was bright red box just sitting there for everyone to see, ugh.
Post # 7
@ChocolateLime: That’s so strange and rude of her! But I wouldn’t report her, no yet anyway, since she obviously delivers your mail regularly it might be best if you try to resolve this issue amicably.
The next time you see her, you could say “I nearly hit you over the head with a frying pan the other day when you delievered a package into our study, I thought you were a burglar! Could you please leave it by the front door the next time?”
If this doesn’t work though, I’d call the royal mail.
Post # 8
@MsMeow: I’m with this. Try to resolve it amicably and just request that it not happen again. It’s a serious invasion, and it would make me uncomfortable, no matter how kind her intentions are. If it continued, then I’d call and complain.
Post # 9
Ok I will try and catch her today. Shes not our usual mail person. The usual chap hasnt been around for a few weeks but he was lovely, always had a good old natter with him. I miss him. I hope hes ok, he was an older chap
Post # 10
@ChocolateLime: Yeah it’s a bit of a breach, but right now I’d prefer the postal delivery storm right in if I’m taking a shower just to avoid the hell of having to go and pick up a package at the post office (today I was the second customer in line and it only took me 45min to pick up a package, that’s quick for them!).
Post # 12
I wouldn’t call it trespassing, as such because she had no ill intention. Trespass, incidentally, not being a criminal offence although I guess that doesn’t really matter right now!
However, I would call it presumptous, very ill-advised and certainly not the sort of action that would be approved by her employer. If your front door is open then it would be enough to leave a parcel on the mat. We do have an outer porch door which leads to our actual front door and the porch is left unlocked precisely because we want deliveries left there. But for sure, if I left the actual front door open I wouldn’t expect to find the postman wandering around in the sitting room. Neither, incidentally, would the dog!!
I think I’d deal with this by saying, politely, that it came as a great shock to discover her in the house and would rather that she didn’t repeat the exercise. If she does then immediately report her.
Post # 13
I would totally call at this point. You’ve corrected her and she did it again. She could be casing your house or about to steal some of your stuff. I could see if it was bad weather, but even then… Not ok if you told her not to.
What did you say to her the second time? Because I probably would have been like “Ok, we talked about this. What on earth didn’t you understand about the fact it’s not ok to walk into my house?!”
Post # 14
Do you have a lock for the front door? That would be the obvious and easy solution, we have enclosed porches where I am, and generally, if you don’t want packages and things dropped off inside, you just lock the door. With our lovely weather we’ve had this winter, lots of people prefer to have the packages dropped off just inside the porch door so you don’t have to go out in sub zero weather for it.