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

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If you think working as a mail carrier is an easy job, think again! Between dealing with potentially dangerous dogs and putting up with mountains of snow, there are many things your typical postal worker would like you to know…

Of course, when you’re dealing with hundreds of households, it’s kind of difficult to relay your message, right?

Today we decided to make it easier for everyone involved. We’re going to go over 22 things your mail carrier won’t tell you, but you should know anyway!

Next time you bump into your friendly neighborhood mailman, give them a friendly wave, ask about their day and, if you can, make their jobs just a little bit easier!

There’s a Reason They Want to Avoid Your Dog

You might think Fido is the cutest, friendliest dog on the planet… but your mail carrier doesn’t know that, and they don’t want to test the theory either.

As many as 5,500 workers were bitten in 2013 alone- that’s 18 bites per day. So, please, take no offense when your mailman looks wary of your dog. You can offer to introduce them, but if they politely decline, don’t take any offense to it!

Those Pink Envelopes Are a Nightmare

Millions of people send cards and love letters on Valentine’s day. Pink and red envelopes are pretty much everywhere. Why not? It’s a sweet gesture!

But if you’re going to do this, we suggest not using colored ink. The machines will take longer to read the address of your colored envelope anyway, and writing with anything other than a bold color will make it even worse.

Consider using a typical envelope and write your note on a red or pink piece of paper instead!

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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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