The USPS Flat Rate box claims that if it fits, it ships -or does it? (20 photos)

We've all seen the commercials for the USPS touting that whatever you can cram into a Flat Rate box, it's one flat fee for shipping anywhere in the lower 48 states. I decided to test this service and really push the limits of their fine print -which indicates a weight limit of 70 lbs! I also thought it would be fun to play a little prank on my sister Emily, who runs, and send the package from Venice Beach to her in Nashville, TN.

But what is small enough to weight 70 lbs? 10,000 pennies. We could only fit 60 lbs of pennies in the box, but good enough for us and we don't want to give any disgruntled postal worker a hernia and, well, make them go postal.

Did the package make it?

The “VERY HEAVY” package made it from Venice, CA to Emily’s apartment in Nashville, TN in 3 days without bursting at the seams. Well done USPS, well done. I have slightly more respect for you angry little people (kidding, the only cranky and slow-as-hell USPS workers are in Chicago).
Special thanks to Mac the Intern for dragging this package to the post office and fending off evil-eyes from holding up the line with his special package.

Your Mission Chivers: Go to the USPS and grab a flat rate box and put whatever you can fit inside and send it to theCHIVE offices and we’ll take photos of the contents and do a post. Be creative, but please refrain from sending poop. That’s not cool. And I’m pretty sure you can go to jail for that.

701 Ocean Front Walk #6
Venice, CA 90291

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  • GK-4

    I can already imagine Chive turning into a dirty word among Venice Beach Postal Employees

  • just saying


  • ThePunisher

    Way to abuse the postal service… Pretty low

  • greg

    frylock has a point lol but still…lets see a photo shoot!

  • sidekick

    TheChive is going down hill, first the shitty april fools posts and now this, used to love this site

  • bunedoggle

    This post would have been better if your sister wasn't wearing every piece of clothing she owns. Somewhere under there is there a hot body waiting to come out?

  • thatguy

    Pretty low? More like Karma. USPS employees are way overpaid, impossible to fire absent actually committing murder in the first place, and doing a typical half-assed bureaucratic job that could be done for half the price in half the time in the private sector.

    I think theChive's maneuver here only made the USPS employees actually work for their paycheck. More is encouraged to keep them working at least 3/4 as hard as the rest of us do.

    • Just Me

      Yea, let's see your sorry ass (or anyone else, for that matter) get a letter from New York to Los Angeles for 44 cents. Bottom line: If you don't like it, don't use it. Also, I can see you're working rrrreeeaaallllyyyy hard…

    • laups

      Yeah, just call UPS and find out how much it would cost you to send that 60 pound package from CA to TN . It would be more like $100. Do us all a favor and know the facts before you speak! I also noticed you posted this at 230 this afternoon. GET A JOB!

    • laups

      If you actually knew what you were talking about, you would know that the USPS receives NO government funding. It operates in the private sector you are so fond of Now would you please get me another PEPSI?.

    • Leo

      I agree, and the fact that many of them are veterans of foreign wars just makes me want to stop in the street (careful not to spill my Starbucks) and scream 'hey, work for your living, you lazy SOB!'

  • John

    Leo, can I attempt to have sex with your sister?

  • inspectmyclouseau

    Troll post detected…Chive trying to accumulate free shit??

  • Anon

    Next time use lead O.o

  • jeffrey dahmer

    i am going to do this today. thank you

  • jeffrey dahmer

    #14 moar

  • Tyler

    How come nobody ever pranks me by sending me $100?

  • Really

    Careful guys, you probably broke some stupid law against mailing money or bullion. 🙂

  • ron

    I reload my own ammo. I buy the bullet portion (what you put in a gun is NOT a "bullet", but technically a loaded cartridge consisting of the brass case, powder, and the bullet on the end which flies out). I buy bullets from a supplier, they ship them in a flat rate box. They weight 68 pounds, and make it from Montana to North Carolina in 3 days. Never had a problem with them making it okay. I forget if that's a small or medium flat rate box. USPS is awesome.

    • laups

      Thank You!

  • MigraineBoy

    Emily should send some pictures in for the Sexy Chivers.

  • Jimbob Jones

    You can send me $100 worth of pennies if you want…

  • Joe Pancake

    too late 😀

  • Eddie

    DO IT!

  • jay

    Kind of pathetic that she couldn't lift the box.

  • Kiro

    I thought it was illegal to mail cash. Shame on you!

    • JMikeH

      It's not illegal to send money it's just not recommended because the mail can be lost and there isn't much you can do to get it back unless you insure it through the USPS, even then they only cover up to $25,000.

  • Airwalktdk

    #13 is she taking a dump?

  • Iori

    So let me get this straight. You spent $12.95 (or whatever is the cost of the flat rate) to send $100 and it took three days? A wire transfer is instant and cheaper, sometimes even free. In my opinion, this whole thread is literally a waste of money.

  • BloodScrubber

    Don't blame me when 69.9 pounds of extra small condoms show up on your doorstep….just sayin….B)

  • tag

    She needs to hit the gym if she had to push the package across the floor!

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