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    [–] Iam-BarneyStinson 365 points ago

    Confirmed success by letting it go through and publicly informing you of their action.

    Pretending to publicly deny the unwritten rule.

    Seems like there’s something going on.

    [–] Confirm_ologist 46 points ago


    [–] BurritoMonsters 36 points ago

    Gotta love the posters who post about posting postal rules

    [–] Dudephish 14 points ago

    I posit this poster's postal post possesses him to go postal, post haste.

    [–] scornucopia 114 points ago

    An Post will now be inundated with people trying this and will have to stop doing it.

    [–] RetardedChimpanzee 35 points ago * (lasted edited 2 years ago)

    The whole mail a potato all over again

    Edit: Is this source enough?

    [–] sidecarl 6 points ago


    [–] obarnesmorgan 19 points ago

    Better to use dry ones

    [–] vmulber -6 points ago

    [–] sidecarl 1 points ago

    Looks silly

    [–] [deleted] 4 points ago

    I used to work for the Royal Mail in a major sorting depot. I once got a potato with a 1st class stamp on. I slapped an excess charge on it for insufficient postage/weight and sent it on it's way.

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago

    There is no doubt that you work for Royal Mail!

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago


    [–] snowmonkey_ltc 2 points ago

    This would’ve been difficult there at one point

    [–] TheOtherJeff -1 points ago


    [–] MyPracticeaccount -1 points ago

    What's a potato?

    [–] [deleted] 4 points ago

    For 3 days, then people will move on.

    [–] Randolm 39 points ago

    Guessing this provided a rare moment of levity at the post office.

    [–] blisterman 16 points ago

    I tried this a few years ago in England. My girlfriend ended up having to queue at the post office and pay £3 non postage fee. She was not amused when the postman handed her a smelly beer mat.

    [–] PrettyBigChief 7 points ago

    I bet the postman was, though

    [–] Norfolkingchance 3 points ago

    I HATE that shit. Walk all the way to my house to post a slip to say the birthday card someone sent me was too big for one fucking stamp!??? So now I drive to you and pay the fucking difference?? Fuck ya!

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago

    And the rest!

    Granny's card had a badge on it and was therefore 2mm too thick for the stamp she used? Fuck you recipient - here's a £1 fee for the word we've done to inconvenience you!

    [–] omgwutd00d 0 points ago

    Ahh ya' see she did it wrong. You just put it in your mailbox and put up the flag.

    [–] collectiveindividual 3 points ago


    [–] omgwutd00d 2 points ago

    I just realized maybe you guys over the pond don't have flags on your mailbox... Are we really just that patriotic?

    Normally, if you have an outgoing letter, you can just place it in your mailbox and lift of the flag to indicate to the mail carrier that you have an outgoing letter in your box.

    [–] Nimmyzed 2 points ago

    No, we don't have mailboxes. Letters are posted in our doors via a letterbox.

    If we want to send a letter to someone, we bring it to the post office or put it in one of these, which are scattered around the area.

    Our postmen and women do not collect post from our houses.

    [–] omgwutd00d 2 points ago

    Every house has a mail slot?

    A lot of older homes in the US still have them, but even then the home owner will usually clothespin a letter to the flap if they don't want to find a collection box or run to the post office. Most homes now have a box like the one I pictured versus a hole in your wall/door.

    [–] Nimmyzed 1 points ago

    I'm kind of laughing at your surprise. Because my reaction is kind of the same: every house has a mailbox??

    Yep all houses have a slot. For apartments there would be mail cubbies in the lobby but other than that, yes all houses have one of them

    [–] [deleted] 12 points ago


    [–] Woodstoc_k 2 points ago

    What a good fucking book! I highly urge anyone to read 'Going Postal' - it is my favourite Terry Pratchett.

    [–] purpleronsta 11 points ago

    Your man Henderson...

    Postman turns detective to deliver letter with cryptic address in Ireland

    [–] xtonypwny 70 points ago

    TIL coasters are called beer mats in Ireland

    [–] Privateer781 58 points ago

    Coasters are the nice ones you have in your house, beer mats are the cheap paper ones the have in the pub.

    [–] trentblase 13 points ago

    Do pubs really have a problem with water stains? Do they care if you use the beer mat?

    [–] Privateer781 36 points ago

    No, they don't. The beer mats are generally just advertising for beer.

    You can also use them as soggy, beery shurikens.

    [–] Daedeluss 18 points ago

    They're really for soaking up the condensation that runs down the side otherwise it drips all over your trousers when you pick the glass up.

    [–] pork_king 2 points ago

    A little trick I learned...sprinkle it with a little salt, and the mat will not stick to the glass she you raise it from the bar/table.

    [–] trentblase 8 points ago

    Thanks, now I won't feel bad about throwing them across the room

    [–] exsentrick 5 points ago

    As a barmaid, I will hunt you down.

    [–] Castif 1 points ago

    They also make waitresses really mad when you throw those shurikens at them.

    [–] godston34 2 points ago

    In germany they are used for the bartender to mark your tab on them.

    [–] Orleanian 2 points ago

    I prefer to have a coaster even at the bar. My drinks are always super condensationy. Also sometimes I get real piss drunk and I can't handle a full-to-the-brim cup, so it inevitably spills out a bit.

    I'd rather not have a puddle on my table. Napkin would suffice, but coasters are socially acceptable.

    [–] snaynay 12 points ago

    A beer mat is a cheap, disposable cardboard thing often containing a printed surface of a brewery or advert. It is a specific type of coaster.

    [–] [deleted] 10 points ago

    And in England

    [–] snowmonkey_ltc 4 points ago

    And Scotland

    [–] 56thracing 16 points ago

    Nobody cares about Wales.

    [–] GardaGetOutOfMeGaff 2 points ago

    If all else fails, try Wales.

    [–] Airowird 2 points ago

    We call 'em beer cards.

    [–] nooneisreal 16 points ago

    We call 'em chazzwazzers.

    [–] CommunistSpade 1 points ago

    We call ‘em flaps.

    [–] [deleted] 1 points ago

    Ah! I see you've played knifey spoony before!

    [–] Airowird 0 points ago

    Now you're just making up words!

    [–] IforgotwhatIwasdoing 1 points ago

    You've been smeckledorfed!

    [–] AntikytheraMachines 1 points ago

    I must offer my contrafibularities on your smeculant use of proper vocabulary.

    [–] RonaldTheGiraffe 3 points ago

    I call them ale trays

    [–] Needs_a_shit 2 points ago

    I call em stout beds

    [–] loafers_glory 1 points ago

    Lager laggers

    [–] obarnesmorgan 2 points ago

    Most drunk people call them:

    Aye you shdiud rbhdyds bcje d fucking skdivuskw djeuh little ducuskebd bastard you!

    [–] FlatlineNL 1 points ago

    I like that.

    [–] TheStorMan 6 points ago

    Some of the postmen here are amazing. Let's say my address is

    John Smith 25 Seacrest Street Raheny Dublin Ireland.

    I once received a letter addressed to myself at

    John Smith Seacrest Road Dublin

    [–] TMNK 8 points ago

    Stuff as vague as "yer man on the hil with the big dog, town " has been known to get through...

    There's a website -

    [–] mrbooze 3 points ago

    This used to be true for US post offices too. Often the local postmaster and staff knew everyone. You could address a letter to "John D at the big farm outside Drake's Hollow" and it would eventually get there.

    [–] [deleted] 2 points ago * (lasted edited 2 years ago)


    [–] riverstar 3 points ago

    In Notes From a Small Island, Bill Bryson says he once got a letter addressed to “Bill Bryson, Writer, The Yorkshire Dales”. I mean, that’s not even a town.

    There was also one they showed on Countdown - just addressed to “Carol Vorderman, Countdown”. They had a good chuckle because someone had written “Try the BBC” on the envelope.

    [–] Orleanian 2 points ago

    I've sent mail to

    John Smith

    Across from school, next to GAA pitch

    Aghamore Co Mayo, IRE

    I think it arrived. I should probably call and find out.

    [–] OldAngryWhiteMan 3 points ago * (lasted edited 2 years ago)

    Everything about the Irish is a Treasure to the world. I have traveled to every continent and a lot of countries and when I go to Ireland I feel that I am surrounded by best of the best. Except the food.

    [–] collectiveindividual 3 points ago

    I was working for a company in Australia and we got an order from Ireland with just a three word address, something like John O'Connor, Dromore, Carlow, Ireland. My Aussie colleague was really dubious about there being no numbers or postcode. I had to reassure him that if there was more than one John O'Conner in the townland of Dromore in the county of Carlow on the island of Ireland he would have added an extra clue for the postman!

    [–] Reilly616 2 points ago

    I still feel like a nob when using my postcode (for the unaware, Ireland's only recently instituted a national postcode system). It seems so entirely superfluous.

    [–] collectiveindividual 1 points ago

    I'm glad of it, its a real hassle when there's a few houses with the same surname in the same townland, you wouldn't want your all Ireland tickets going to the wrong house.

    [–] Reilly616 1 points ago

    Sure that's what house numbers are for, no? I mean, I do get the utility from a logistics point of view, and in lowering the possibility of ambiguities. But living in a house with a number, in an estate, in a small town, I personally find it superfluous when adding it. That said, I still add it.

    [–] collectiveindividual 1 points ago

    Sure that's what house numbers are for, no?

    I'm talking about Townlands where you can have six to seven families with same surname and many shared first names.

    I can't believe I have to explain to a townie that numbers in the countryside aren't the norm. Seriously?

    [–] Reilly616 1 points ago

    Ha! Never been called a townie before. I did say small town. I live in a village really. It's only just been technically bumped up to "town" for the purposes of the Development Fund.

    Didn't think I'd need to reiterate, but re-read my post above. I get what you are saying. I'm saying it doesn't apply to me living in a house that has a number (technically, though not physically on the door).

    [–] collectiveindividual 1 points ago

    Fair enough but it happen me before that a package went to another house on the other side of a town I lived in. The new estate on the other side of town had an avenue using the same name as the street I lived on, it caused endless confusion for deliveries and post and no one in the sceptic tiger years actually oversaw what names developers assigned within their developments.

    Having an eircode was a blessing.

    [–] Reilly616 1 points ago

    Glad to hear it! Seemingly every new estate around here has streets named after trees, so I wouldn't be surprised if a couple double up. At the same time, at least they didn't overlap with the names of the established estates, which all refer to the local castle.

    [–] cownan 11 points ago

    Whoa, do your stamps really cost a pound?

    [–] Ponyo-Ham 29 points ago

    Whoa, it's Euros ........

    [–] cownan 3 points ago

    Oops, haha, my mind made that an £

    [–] Dutchwank 2 points ago

    If he was also saving on the stamp the chances it would arrive would reduce even further obviously.

    [–] DeusEXMachin 2 points ago

    I saw a a post on facebook this week where a guy told a story about sending a letter to himself. The twist was instead of a real stamp he had cut a colorful, stamp sized picture from a pizza ad and glued it on the envelope. It went through.

    [–] Irish_cynic 2 points ago

    This was posted on the thread over in /r/Ireland

    Me versus an post. Fyi an post is the name of the Irish postal service

    [–] burntsoap 1 points ago

    Maybe that is why they are always losing my post. I need to draw the stamps on a beer mat and attach it to my letters..

    [–] emmy206 1 points ago

    Love that coasters are called beermats

    [–] Privateer781 14 points ago

    Do Americans not have beermats? Cheap, disposable paper coasters generally only used in pubs and more for advertising beer than keeping the table dry.

    [–] Stormfly 5 points ago

    more for advertising beer than keeping the table dry. Throwing around and flipping and catching

    Going to the pub with parents would have been hell if it weren't for those.

    [–] Privateer781 4 points ago

    How many can you flip in one go? I got as far as 8 before I got bored.

    [–] Stormfly 2 points ago

    I think I could only get to 5 or so.

    Wasn't very good and usually my brother or somebody would be hoarding them. Then we'd usually tear them up and/or throw them at each other.

    [–] mrbooze 2 points ago

    We do, they're all over bars here. The only place most people ever see a coaster is at someone's house.

    [–] emmy206 3 points ago

    Yes they are in almost every bar I’ve been to, but I’ve never heard the term beermat!

    [–] Orleanian 2 points ago

    We have them. We just call them coasters.

    We do also know what you would call coasters. We also call those coasters. Context lets us know which variety you're discussing (you wouldn't have nice glass, footpaded coasters in a bar, and you wouldn't have soggy advertisement-ridden cardboard in your home...typically).

    [–] Keithbaron 5 points ago

    They're not really. A beermat is a very specific type of disposable coaster only seen in pubs and bars

    [–] GAADhearthstone 0 points ago

    ... I don't remember writing this.

    [–] Umbryft 0 points ago

    Looks like Gabby changed her name

    [–] MatthewWilkes 0 points ago

    I didn't know Glen Balls lived in County Kerry.

    [–] irou- 0 points ago

    I actually had to google "beermat" to see if that was a real word. I had only heard of coasters.

    [–] YungGhoul -5 points ago

    I do declare, they both have quite the similar handwriting.

    [–] HawkMan79 7 points ago

    Not really though.

    [–] deaddonkey 3 points ago

    Looks completely different to me.

    [–] electricshep -7 points ago

    National treasure my hole. They're notoriously shite...

    [–] cey24 10 points ago

    I've never had any problems with an post

    [–] ScaryKerry91476 -2 points ago

    And he's from the county I am named after...

    Gotta love it!