Lakeland is LAKELAND, not Arlington! In spite of our shared ZIP code of 38002, Lakeland residents should use LAKELAND, not Arlington in their return address.
I always notify all magazines, credit card companies, friends and businesses etc. to use the “Lakeland” address, not the Arlington address. I have refused to renew magazines because they did not use the correct address of “Lakeland”.
The only way Lakeland is going to attain its own identity if all residents make a fuss when someone mindlessly sends mail to Lakeland residents addressed to “Arlington”. If we seem to accept such treatment, the U.S. Postal Service, BellSouth etc. will continue to treat us as if we are part of Arlington, Memphis, Bartlett or Cordova etc. and not LAKELAND residents.
I was surprised to find the largest apartment complex in Lakeland advises its residents they live in Arlington!
No wonder, the Commercial Appeal lumps us into the “Bartlett” Appeal, and BellSouth continues to refuse to recognize Lakeland!
I urge all Lakeland residents to REFUSE TO ACCEPT the postal address of “Arlington”. We live in LAKELAND and the U.S. Postal Service and all Lakeland residents should emphasize their mailing address as Lakeland!