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

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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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  • bdrizzle

    or #14 moar

  • kazyctn

    What an amazing waste of time…

  • Gundecker

    i could get 70 lbs in that box…..just have to break open the rolls of pennies and put them in a bag inside the box…….but if we're doing this we should get creative with what we send to the chive.
    they deserve our best.

  • Brian

    I have ordered 4 (Banksy) t-shirts from the Chive using this service, It has was ordered on the 12th of April and I am on the other side of the world. Lets see how good this service REALLY is.

    • jjs8375

      if your on the other side of the world, then you cant blame the P.O. Once its out of the U.S. then other countries post offices might be the shitty ones.

  • U.S.P.S. Carrier

    I just want to thank you on behalf of the U.S.P.S. I have worked for them now over twenty years. Thank you for your vote of confidence. It is so nice to finally hear a positive comment about what we do. Thank you .

  • nww

    Where did she get her jacket? My wife wants it.

  • Eldubb

    Wish your sister would've taken off that coat. Seems to have the potential of a gorgeous body or should I say bootay!

  • bigAL

    should have unwrapped all those pennies. now THAT woulda been funny!!

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  • Sploodge

    dude i think your cool an all… but i wanna nail your sister. sorry.

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