The Sickles, of East Hampton, thought nothing of slipping notes in the neighbors' mailboxes about an upcoming Halloween block party, until the U.S. Postal service stepped in.
The couple had no idea it's against postal code regulations to leave notices in residential mailboxes unless they have postage.
The U.S. Postal service charged the Sickles 44 cents for postage for all 80 invites they placed around their Royal Oak neighborhood.
"One Monday I had a note it is illegal to put these in mailboxes. Day 2 I had a bill for assumed 80 in the box, times 44 cents for the stamp," said Jeff Sickle. "I haven't paid it yet. I'm trying to have the conversation that no one is willing to have."
"It's very unneighborly. It's something I wouldn't expect from a small town," said Peter Braga, of East Hampton
Communicating via mailbox notes apparently is not unusual in the close-knit neighborhood.
"We do it all the time for sending thank you notes, kid's birthday parties, anything," said Michelle Fraser.
The U.S. Postal service did not return phone calls seeking comment.
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