The Pony worked on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. He sent me a text at 11:00 a.m.
"Gotta say, this is a first."
"Wow! Was that left for a relative to pick up? Or for the regular carrier? Or maybe someone dropped it off for the homeowner?"
"I have no clue, but I'm not touching it!"
"Not today, Postal Inspector!"
Let the record show that some people leave holiday bonuses for their postman. But also, Postal Inspectors allegedly plant items in random mailboxes to test the integrity of the employees. They are not supposed to pick up anything but outgoing mail. I think they are allowed to accept a gift up to $20 in value, once a year. I don't know the specifics. I haven't read the regulations. Only the discussions I see on the USPS unofficial site on Reddit. Sometimes carriers post pictures of odd things they've found in mailboxes, with the response being: "Not today, Postal Inspector!" A lot of times, it's loose $20 bills, or bags of weed.
This is the first ham I've seen in a mailbox. I think The Pony was wise to leave it!