Missing Mail Tubs

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Millions of plastic mail-storage tubs are missing.

They're great for storing files and videos at home and in the office. They act as footrests and plant stands. But they're vital to getting the mail sorted, processed and delivered. And they cost the government, and taxpayers, $3.25 each.

Two years ago, the U.S. Postal Service had 20 million tubs. Today that figure is down to 20,000. Authorities don't want to have to buy more.

So they're offering an amnesty: Return the tubs, no questions asked, and ignore the warning on the tubs saying people who steal them will be prosecuted.

You can bring them to the nearest post office, or leave them for your letter carrier.