One Box, One Key
Published 6th August 2006, 4:17pm
A number of people in the Cayman Islands are currently sharing a private letterbox with a family member or friend, or collecting their mail where they work.
While this arrangement may work, there are some rules of etiquette that people should be aware of when sharing. The first thing they should know is that, according to Cayman Islands postal regulations, only one person of record can be recognised, which means that only one person is issued a key. The reason the law recognises only one person of record has to do with security and clear lines of accountability.
In the event that people are sharing a box the renter or the person who is responsible for the box should write the Postmaster General with a list of authorized person or persons who are able to receive mail at his/her box. At the very least, the renter should advise the Postmaster General if they have passed the key and responsibility for the postbox over to someone else.
Deputy Postmaster General, Finance and Human Resources, Ann James describes a scenario that happens often. "The Cayman Islands is a transient society. The person who rents the box leaves the island and leaves the key with someone else. Everything runs smoothly for a couple of years, and then the key is lost. Since we don't have a record of the person who was in possession of the key, we cannot issue that person a new key, and then it becomes difficult for that person to collect their mail.
"We will only change the lock on the written request of the box renter. So if we don't have a record of a second person receiving their mail at that box, and the original renter has left the jurisdiction, we can't issue that person a key. For that reason, it is best to own your own box. You are the only person who has access to the box, and you have the only key," she said.