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I recently moved into a new house that we bought not too long ago in a nice neighborhood. We are really happy, and it feels like a dream come true. Everything was perfect until I realized that my neighbor has been stealing my mail. As soon as we moved into the house, I started ordering some stuff but to my surprise, nothing was been delivered. When I contacted the store, they confirmed that everything was delivered already. A little concerned about the whole situation, we started to pay attention more closely to the times when the delivery guy would come and that’s when we realized that as soon as the delivery guy left, my neighbor would come running to the mail box to steal our mail. We were in shock when we saw that. I hate confrontations and don’t think I would ever say anything to him about it but, I am becoming very aggravated with the whole issue. Should I just go and say something to him? What do you think I should do?
Carmen from Florida
Dear Carmen from Florida,
After I reviewed you message, I realized that there are so many wrong things about this issue, and the most serious one is that stealing other people’s mail is a federal offense and could put your neighbor in jail. There are laws that protect people like you who are being victims of this type of crimes. I will suggest you contact your local authorities and file a report. What your neighbor is doing is against the law and he needs to face the consequences of his acts. If going to the police sounds like a drastic measure to you, then start by talking to your neighbor in a civilized way to see if you can get the issue corrected without having to involve the police. It’s your choice so do what you think is best for you but again, what he is doing is against the law and he needs to either stop doing it or face the consequences of his acts.
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