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    A guy around here says he knows a farmer who was tired of having his mailbox smashed by heavy objects throw from passing cars. A lot of people with hobbies and special interests like to decorate their mailboxes with their particular theme so this farmer decided to disguise his defense as a farm theme. He mounted a plow share such that it blocked the mailbox from car-thrown objects. And with a little barnyard engineering and Kentucky windage, he managed to tilt the plow share just right so that whatever hit it would rebound into the car that threw it. It was reported that it worked so well the first time that the car had an accident.

    This sounds like a rural legend but I had never heard it.

    John

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    Default Re: Victim gets even

    Around here the kids don't throw things at mailboxes...they smack them with bats. Mailbox Baseball.
    I have a stone mailbox, so nobody tries to hit mine.
    A house we had a while back lost the mailbox multiple times to the snowplow. We finally bought a heavy cast iron antique replica type and rebarred it onto a 2' thick concrete pad. After that the plow just made a "clang" noise when it hit it...n damage. We no longer had to go searching through the woods for our mailbox.

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    Default Re: Victim gets even

    The kids play mailbox baseball here in Canada too. My neighbour got tired of straighting out his mailbox so he made one out of 1/4" plate steel. The next time the kids tried to play their game all they got was a broken bat.
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    Default Re: Victim gets even

    Quote Originally Posted by bakerg View Post
    The kids play mailbox baseball here in Canada too. My neighbour got tired of straighting out his mailbox so he made one out of 1/4" plate steel. The next time the kids tried to play their game all they got was a broken bat.
    And a wicked, stinging sensation in the hands, I'd wager.
    That's the problem with trouble.
    It always starts out as such fun."
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    Default Re: Victim gets even

    I am out in the country and have had my box smashed a few times they always get the mouth of it and that is the hardest part to fix so it closes again pisses me off.

    So I built a 1 1/2" square tubing frame that sits inside and is not visible it looks like a normal box but its pretty much indestructible now especially the door.

    I have new rural carriers occasionally and if they see us they always make some comment about how stout it is. Its been hit a couple times since w/o damage. I imagine the surprise on their faces when it just wont cave in.
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    Default Re: Victim gets even

    I had the same problem once, Kids have nothing better to do than batting practice on MB's in the country. I finally replaced mine with 4" pipe column and 6" pipe top. 2 days later, I get a letter from the postmaster that said I had to remove the "structure" and install one that met DOT regulations They said it was a "road hazard" and to just report the vandalism..seriously?? I was in LEO at the time and was curious on how they would "handle that complaint?? sit in my drive way on surveillance...right.
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    Default Re: Victim gets even

    Our post carrier, informed us that the box must be to postmaster standards..Plus there is spec as to height, it cannot make them stretch, or reach...The 1/4 inch iron one just did not make it, here??..It is legal to put it in stone or brick fortress type stand as long as it is not too close to pavement???Most popular protection is usually a couple steel poles on each end or a light protection the "T" post for fencing.. One poor ole lady down the road just takes her's off the post, until the next morning and gets the paper and puts it back for the mail carrier?r
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    I feel for that gal Jony! We had so much trouble with getting our paper stolen especially the Sunday paper. Our mail box and paper box were together by the road and hidden from us by a thick arborvitae tree row.

    These pukes would just swing over apparently and grab it and go. So we put the paper box up half way in the driveway where I can get a good unobstructed shot at them no more paper thefts.
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    Default Re: Victim gets even

    I've just gotten used to a smashed mailbox. it's just part of living in the country.. A buddy down the road got tired of his getting smashed, (had a real nice JD one)... He fabbed one out of 3/4 inch plate and fit it tightly inside a regular mailbox.. cut a hole in the bottom of the mailbox and welded to a pipe..

    I use to live in the city (Las Vegas)... HOA's, graffiti, gangs, kids trying breaking into your car almost every night, the B.S. was never ending!!!

    This country living is NIIIIIICCCEE

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    Default Re: Victim gets even

    "Kids will be kids."
    Several years ago 4 "kids" bashed our mail box.
    Neighbor knew the names. Parents were contacted.
    Three of the guilty came, apologized, replaced the box.

    The absent one kept denying to everyone, including his father.

    Time passed he was arrested for more serious crime.

    Last time I saw him was at his father's funeral.

    He was escorted down the casket, wearing orange jump suit and chains.

    Yea! "Kids will be kids."
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