22 Things Your Mail Carrier Won’t Tell You, But You Should Know Anyway!

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Ballpoint Pens Are Superior

Don’t use felt-tipped pens. The ink will run in the rain and your mail will get nowhere, fast. Just use a good old-fashioned ballpoint pen. Your mail carrier will be thankful since they don’t have to squint at the address.

Please Dress Properly When You Come to the Door

It’s remarkable that it needs to be said, but mail carriers all across the U.S. would like you to dress properly when you’re answering the door. No towels, no underwear! And definitely don’t answer the door naked!

You may think you’re good looking but, trust us, nobody wants to see you like that, especially not strangers.

They Serve a Lot of People, More Thank You Think!

Serving 150 million addresses, six days a week is not an easy task. You could probably imagine what goes on at some of those locations…

Well, mail carriers have seen it all. They’ve had to call 911 to report accidents, dead bodies, or altercations. They’ve even saved people from immediate danger by pulling them out of burning cars. Some have stopped burglars in the act!

Talk about being in the right place at the right time…

4 thoughts on “22 Things Your Mail Carrier Won’t Tell You, But You Should Know Anyway!”

  1. Trish & Steve Hertel

    We are so very grateful to our mail deliverers and the entire team. They’ve been most helpful and wonderful folks!!! THANK YOU ALL for your service!!!

  2. Finally! Someone took the time to point out the letter carrier’s job in detail. I could add more as a retired letter carrier trainer, but you hit the major points in this article. I would add that when your mail is late, it could be due to a variety of reasons…sick call-ins, huge amounts on mail–especially on Mondays and after holidays, doctor appointments and more. A big one–Day Light Savings Time! Try being the new carrier attempting to find your mailbox in the dark…or playing dodge car for those who park in front of mailboxes and having to dismount to service your mailbox…there are over 11 actions for each box, and more when delivering in the dark. Thanks for this publishing this article!

  3. They are great people and like any other group of people you meet one once in a while that its a job but so rare.In my life I have had rural, walking,home ,apt with stairs carriers all the best.A few became friends

  4. We know all the mail persons who deliver to us over the years, give them a cold bottle of water when it’s hot out, and a nice cash Christmas gift in a sealed Christmas Card. Is a nice gift to them.

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