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I had received mail at my place of business that was addressed

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I had received mail at my place of business that was addressed to me in c/o the business. It was a hand-written thank you note from a private address and looked nothing like business mail. My boss opened it. Was she legally entitled to do so?
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I had received mail at my place of business that was addressed to me in c/o the business. It was a hand-written thank you note from a private address and looked nothing like business mail. My boss opened it. Was she legally entitled to do so?



Response: Unfortunately, yes, since the mail was sent to the business. Also and more importantly, she did not break any postal regulations since the mail was delivered to the business. It is only a crime for instance if she had taken the mail from the custody of the mail carrier before the mail was delivered to the business thereby preventing you from seeing the mail in the first place. There is a misconception that opening a letter addressed to someone else is illegal, this is not actually true so long as the mail was opened after it has been delivered by the mail carrier. Nevertheless, if someone opens a letter addressed to someone else and steals the contents of the letter such as jewelries, then the person may be charged with stealing in accordance with federal or state law. See 18 U.S.C. Part 1 Chapter 83 Sections 1702 and 1705




http://uscode.house.gov/download/pls/18C83.txt

Sec. 1702. Obstruction of correspondence

-STATUTE-

Whoever takes any letter, postal card, or package out of any post

office or any authorized depository for mail matter, or from any

letter or mail carrier, or which has been in any post office or

authorized depository, or in the custody of any letter or mail

carrier, before it has been delivered to the person to whom it was

directed, with design to obstruct the correspondence, or to pry

into the business or secrets of another, or opens, secretes,

embezzles, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or

imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

Sec. 1705. Destruction of letter boxes or mail

-STATUTE-

Whoever willfully or maliciously injures, tears down or destroys

any letter box or other receptacle intended or used for the receipt

or delivery of mail on any mail route, or breaks open the same or

willfully or maliciously injures, defaces or destroys any mail

deposited therein, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned

not more than three years, or both.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.


But, it statute 1702, it says it's criminal, right?

But, it statute 1702, it says it's criminal, right?


Response
: Yes, that is right, if the mail was interfered with BEFORE it was delivered.

Customer: replied 3 years ago.


Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX thank you!

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