Is there a letter in your bag for me?
The other day I was gazing in the February issue of Reader’s Digest. Not something I typically read as I eat my bowl of fiber cereal, but a few articles caught my eye. Now I feel like I am 82 and should subscribe…. ’cause I liked it.
Your mailman’s job stresses him out. I already knew this- mostly because I am brilliant but also because my brother-in-law had a 10+ year career at the USPS and it was 10+ years of pure misery. I am really not dramatic, I promise.
Seriously, here are a few things you should know about the timely guy who works six days a week with a boss breathing down his neck every step of the way.
- Keep your dog put up. In 2009 over 2,800 postal workers were bit by dogs.
- When you use a colored envelope, like red for Valentine’s Day, it takes their machines longer to read it. If you write in colored ink on a red card, you’re really asking for trouble.
- Did you know that just about everything you need to do at the post office can be done from your computer at www.usps.com? They will pick up your package for free.
- Do you ever use Media Mail when shipping books, mags, DVD’s, etc? You can ship these items for about 1/3 of the price using the Media Mail option, just ask for it.
- USPS does not receive funding from our tax dollars. I had no idea this was a debate….
- When you mess up an address the United States Postal Service does not charge you like UPS and FedEx do. (With that said, if you mess up an address it will probably be returned to you. This is simply from my experience.)
- Many mail carriers try hard to put anything that looks like good news on top of your mail stack and all the bills and circulars under that. (Speaking of which, those circulars are track-able. So if a mailman decides to toss a stack of them in a nearby trash can in an attempt to hurry his route, they can track them back to determine which carrier delivered them. Big Brother?)
- Does your mailman always seem like he is in a hurry? It would be because he is. Their daily route is monitored, they are constantly scrutinized and under pressure to meet delivery deadlines. The job is much more stressful than people realize.
- People working for the USPS do not get their stamps for free. Who knew?
- Felt tip ink on an envelope runs in the rain!
- If the mail man is knocking on your door, they really prefer you answer the door fully clothed. Unless you are super hot.
- The United States Postal Service runs 6 days a week, as you know. They serve 150 million addresses every day as a whole.
- See your mailman and you’re expecting something really important but he has not made it to your street yet. They are ok if you stop and ask for your mail, but they do ask that you have the common courtesy to get out of your car and come over to them. It is just polite and makes sense.
- Did you know that if you have something to mail and you miss getting it in your mailbox before your driver makes his daily run, you can give your addressed, stamped, envelope to any mailman driving or walking around any neighborhood. I’ve done it more than once… chase down a driver to give them my mail. Pathetic of me, I know.
Tell your postman thank you the next time you see him. He probably has not heard these words in a while.
Read more at www.readersdigest.com/mailcarrier.