Wonky mail­boxes to be re­lo­cated some­where ‘roomier’

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Two road­side mail­boxes that have be­come a big tourist draw since they were bent in the same di­rec­tion as Typhoon Soude­lor made land­fall Aug. 8 will be re­lo­cated af­ter at­tract­ing so many peo­ple that traf­fic has been ham­pered and nearby res­i­dents af­fected.

Chunghwa Post Co. has de­cided to de­com­mis­sion the twisted shee­t­iron let­ter boxes be­cause the crowds lin­ing up to have their photos taken with the boxes have been in­ter­rupt­ing traf­fic and dis­turb­ing res­i­dents, the com­pany an­nounced Tues­day.

The mail­boxes, nick­named “Xiao Hong” (lit­tle red)” and “Xiao Lu” (lit­tle green) by their fans, will be re­moved Aug. 13 from their cur­rent spot on the in­ter­sec­tion of Nan­jing East Road and Longjiang Road, and re­lo­cated to a new home on the left side of the en­trance to the Postal Mu­seum Taipei Beimen Branch, where they will be used as an ex­hibit, Chunghwa Post said.

The va­cant space will be filled with a new mail­box, the com­pany said, adding that to mark the planned decom­mis­sion­ing of the mail­boxes, it has made a “smil­ing mail­box” com­mem­o­ra­tive seal. Post put into the twisted mail­boxes in the pe­riod be­tween 5 p.m. Wed­nes­day and 5 p.m. the next day will all be stamped with the seal so that peo­ple can have a re­mem­brance of a bit of history, the com­pany said.

The de­ci­sion to re­lo­cate Xiao Hong and Xiao Lu, how­ever, dis­ap­pointed some of their online fans, who said that once they are re­lo­cated, “no one will pay at­ten­tion to them.”

They called for them to be kept where they are. The photo of the two twisted mail­boxes has gone vi­ral since be­ing posted on the In- ter­net Satur­day.

They were hit and bent to one side by a sign­board that fell to the ground dur­ing the storm in the early hours of that day, ac­cord­ing to work­ers at a nearby con­ve­nience store.

CNA

7-Eleven mas­cots Open Chan (Open ) and Lock Chan (Lock ) pose next to two lean­ing post­boxes in Taipei, yesterday. The two road­side mail­boxes that have be­come a big tourist draw since they were bent by Typhoon Soude­lor, and will be re­lo­cated to a roomier lo­ca­tion, Chunghwa Post an­nounced yesterday.

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