Why Does the Post Office Want to Search My Car?

on September 7th, 2011 | Filed under Asides, Optoblog

I went to a post office that I don’t normally frequent and was met at the parking lot entrance with this sign:

USPS Can Search You!

USPS Can Search You!

For those of you who can’t see the above picture, the sign says:

VEHICLES AND THEIR
CONTENTS ARE SUBJECT
TO INSPECTION WHEN
ENTERING, LEAVING, OR
WHILE PARKED WITHIN
THIS RESTRICTED AREA.
ENTERING INTO THIS AREA
CONSTITUTES CONSENT TO
THE INSPECTION
(39 C.F.R. PART 232.1(B)(2)

And it’s not like this was some special parking lot out back. This is the front parking lot that everyone who uses the post office would enter. So here is my question: Why? Even if this is entirely legal…why? I don’t think it’s right.

When did this happen? Why didn’t the media get all over this?

When is it going to stop?

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One Response to “Why Does the Post Office Want to Search My Car?”

  1. How IS that legal? Do they get by with it somehow since they are government-run? Like the searches at the airports…is there some underlying threat at all times that lets these otherwise unlawful searches get by? Or is it more like a private thing, where they set the rules “If you want to park here, you must abide by my rules.” I’d love to have some insight into this.