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Does the post office have to pay a penalty for picking up mail before the designated time on a mailbox like you see at a drive-through or grocery stores? I have dropped mail off a good hour before pickup and noticed it was postmarked a day later.

Postmaster Judy Raney said the post office scans boxes from those pickup points, and if a scan registers earlier than the pickup time, someone will go back by the box to pick up again. “No boxes are allowed to be scanned early,” she said. Postmarking happens in Kansas City, and she said weather could have been a factor for the delayed postmark. She said the Tuesday of the blizzard, no mail left Lawrence for Kansas City because all of the trucks got pulled off the road due to hazardous conditions. She said in her eight years at the post office, that had never happened before.

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