3 Of The Worst Types Of Letters To Receive In The Mail

The clatter of the letterbox to signal the arrival of new mail is a familiar sound in many a household – and the anticipation as we wonder what could be stuffed in the envelope can vary from a welcoming piece of correspondence to unwanted post. So if we’re looking forward to receiving mail such as birthday cards and letters containing good news, what type of post are you likely to reject?

It probably comes as no surprise that the majority of people dread post concerning money – from their bank to the tax office even if it’s to surprise us with some unexpected cash flow, as soon as we see that post bearing that familiar financial institution logo, quite often more than not we’d rather see this correspondence relegated to the junk mail pile. What types of letters would you rather were returned to sender? Our list details the top three types of post no one wants to receive:

1. Bank/credit card statements. No one likes to be reminded about how much they’ve spent during a particularly indulging season (post-Christmas broke binge, anyone?). The sinking feeling in your stomach when you realise you’ve gone overdrawn is a sentiment shared by several in the New Year, especially if pay day came early in December to accommodate for people’s Christmas shopping – but whilst January may seem like a long month until your bank account’s topped up with your monthly wage, there’s always the alternative: online statements. Not only is it good for the environment, but for those who aren’t technically-savvy, it’s also good as that way you can’t access your online banking (and view your dwindling funds)!

2. Job rejection letters. Got your hopes up about that potential job? After a dry spell where you’ve not had any communication with your prospective employer, quite often a letter from said recipient can be a sign of bad news. But instead of seeing this as a negative outcome, see the positive – and use it as an opportunity. While you may have missed out on that must-have job, act upon the rejection letter by writing to the interviewer thanking them for considering your application. Highlight how impressed you were by the company, and should they have any future openings, ask that they consider you should a suitable role open up.

3. Penalty charge notices. You know how it is – from trying to beat the traffic and unaware of your high speeds to nabbing the nearest parking space for the sake of convenience, you’re hit with a penalty charge notice. Unfortunately due to the trauma of being berated for your less-than-optimal parking choice, the memory of receiving a fixed penalty notice has suddenly slipped your mind – but not for your local council, who have not only sent the penalty charge notice straight to your door, but have most likely increased the fine. Thankfully there’s always the chance to appeal – just make sure this option doesn’t slip your mind too!


What other letters would you prefer to avoid receiving? Let us know in the comments box below!

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