Trouble opening drop box

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by nystripe96, May 7, 2014.

  1. nystripe96

    nystripe96 Active Member

    I realize this may be a dumb question, but I just did a route that required letter box pickups. I know you have to punch in the 3 numbers say for instance 23,4 however I had a lot of trouble opening it, so I called for help. Any suggestions as to how to open them? I'm sure it's fairly simple, I just haven't figured it out.

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  2. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

    You hit the first two at the same time, then the third, then twist the knob and open All the combo's are the same around here.
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  3. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    I have 5 drop boxes on my area so I may be able to help.

    You need to push the first two numbers at the same time, then press the third and turn the handle to the right. The combinations are all the same in our area. Scan the barcode on the inside of the door and then scan any packages. Make sure the drop box indicator turns to Picked Up (red). If you are not the last driver to close out the box you need to reset the indicator to Not Picked Up (green) which is done by pushing the white button in and holding it for at least 5 seconds.

    I always pull down the door to make sure no packages are sitting the rather than inside the box.

    You will also find that people try to stuff packages in to the box making it difficult to nearly impossible to pull down the door. You can usually free them up after you open the door by reaching up inside and pulling them down.
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  4. TooTechie

    TooTechie Geek in Brown

    I have a letter box sitting on picked up for a week. Wonder if its a battery or something. Sups dont seem to care

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  5. Indecisi0n

    Indecisi0n Well-Known Member

    Do we really want to post the combo of how to open a lock box in a public forum?
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  6. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    Our mall drop box indicator flag has been broken for at least the past two months. Repeated ODS messages and replacing the batteries (on my own dime) have not worked. I have placed a delivery notice over the window, making sure the pickup time is visible, and make sure that I allow a few extra minutes for the pickup.
  7. oldngray

    oldngray nowhere special

  8. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    There are 6 numbers on the lock. Do you have any idea how many possible different combinations exist?

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  9. Sometimes it helps to pull the lever back so it clears or resets the process. Then start over.
  10. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    Using the way mentioned above 180 still not a good idea.
  11. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.


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  12. upschuck

    upschuck Well-Known Member

    Not in the scenario mentioned above (6*5)6
  13. Wally

    Wally Hailing from Parts Unknown.

  14. brownmonster

    brownmonster Man of Great Wisdom

    I'm in WI and a few years back I was in Lexington KY and ran across a letter box. I figured I would try to open it. It worked, same combo. I know, cool story.
  15. nineyearsUGH

    nineyearsUGH Member

    lol. You are braver than me. I have always wanted to try that when travelling, but I have always gotten too paranoid.

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  16. ZQXC

    ZQXC Guest

    Did you reset the flag?
  17. Future

    Future Victory Ride

  18. rod

    rod retired and happy

    You think they would change the combinations every once in awhile. I know there are at least 26 of us around here who have been retired for years who could still open them up. Curiosity got the best of me the other day.
  19. bottomups

    bottomups Bad Moon Risen'

    Found out that our codes work in Colorado, Hawaii and Washington also.

    Have a coworker that wants me to send him some Mary Jane when I visit Colorado next month. Wonder if I can cram an over 70 into onr of those letter boxes?
  20. superballs63

    superballs63 Well-Known Troll Troll

    My codes also work in the New England area. I tried it a few years back. So really any disgruntled former employee could just go raiding drop boxes whenever they feel like it, because UPS is too lazy to change the codes at least every few years.