Payments from NH and Iowa found stuffed in St. Pete junk mail

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Debbie Greiner’s trip to her mailbox earlier this week seemed no different than others – until she got home. That’s when she picked up an advertisement from Anthem Blue Cross.

“I was going through my mail, and I picked this up, and all of a sudden … I saw that something was coming out, so I pulled them out and I ended up with two letters,” Greiner said.

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To keep up with this, you might need a lesson in geography. One envelope was mailed from Fairfax, Iowa. It was sent to a mortgage company in City of Industry, California. The other envelope was mailed from Hillsboro, New Hampshire to a finance company in Des Moines, Iowa. Both of them were stuffed into a piece of junk mail sent from Woodlands, California, and it all ended up in Greiner’s St. Petersburg mailbox.

“How the heck they got to St. Pete, Florida, I have no clue,” Greiner said.

8 On Your Side managed to to track down the sender of one letter, 74-year-old Don Seymour, of Hillsboro, New Hampshire. Seymour said the envelope contained a monthly payment to a finance company for his tractor.

“This just doesn’t happen,” Seymour’s daughter Valerie said. Valerie happens to be a mail carrier in New Hampshire.

“Obviously the peoples’ mail didn’t get to those financial companies and probably they ended up getting fined, you know late fees  for something they actually did mail,” Greiner said.

According to the Postal Service, it processes and delivers almost 513 million pieces of mail each day. “During sortation through our processing equipment on rare occasion a piece of mail may become lodged with an unsealed piece of mail,” Enola Rice, a spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service, said in an email.

“Too odd, too weird, I guess we’ll never know how it happened,” Greiner added.

What Griener does know, is that from now on, she will look at junk mail a little differently.

In the event you receive someone else’s mail, the USPS asks that you promptly return the mail to your letter carrier or local Post Office so that it can be delivered properly. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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