The Royal Mail today unveiled plans to allow its delivery staff to open parcels or post which needs to be signed for if a householder is not at home. The postmen will be allowed to open any items that are not collected and dispose of the contents if necessary.
Although in many parts of the country postmen have been operating an informal system of opening undelivered post, this has always been a private initiative, and today’s announcement is the first time the organization has given its official seal of approval to this practice.
North London postman Barry Wilde, who also goes under the name ‘FastDeliveryBarry’ on his eBay powerseller account, was one of many postal workers who supports the new practice ‘I think it really can help people to know that their mail isn’t waiting around undelivered somewhere – only last week I was able to prevent a brand new iPod Touch 32GB from being returned to Amazon as undelivered. This is a unique service we are now able to offer.’