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Do You Appreciate Your Letter Carrier?

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Without my letter carrier, this hobby of mine would be a lot less fun. My letter carrier has a hard job. I’m sure there is a lot of debate, most justified, about the payroll and benefits enjoyed by the common postal worker in contrast to the amount of money the Postal Service is bleeding off every month. That is a far bigger issue than I know how to tackle and besides this is a pen blog. What I do know is my letter carrier works hard, is a kind person and displays every perception that they care about their job and they care about getting my mail to its destination on time and undamaged. For $.46 I still think it’s a bargain even though I know as a taxpayer I’m paying more than that on the back end. Again a bigger issue than I can tackle.

In return I try to make their job as easy as I can even though I know I am one mailbox of hundreds on their route each day. Plus if I catch them when I’m home there is always a free cold bottled water waiting for them. Some of the things I do to try and help:


– I lean my letters against the wall of the mailbox to make them easier to grab

– My trash cans are far away from the mailbox on pickup day

– My trees are trimmed of any low hanging limbs

– I don’t park any of my cars and I ask my visitors to not park in the street near a mailbox

– My mailbox flag, door hinge and door catch all work smoothly and easily


These easy steps are just my way of saying thanks and being considerate to the work of another human being. Another level of good service my letter carrier provides is handling all the many packages I get in the mail. They could easily put the little pink slip in my mailbox when the package doesn’t fit and then I have to go to the post office to pick up my pen and ink orders. Instead my letter carrier gets out of their vehicle and walks it up to my front porch.  Saving me ALOT of time.

How well do you know your letter carrier?


Bob McConnell

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11 Responses to “Do You Appreciate Your Letter Carrier?”

  1. April Rice

    Happy the service is still available.

  2. kalah waters

    i have a sticker on my mailbox saying i appreciate your service thank you. because we dont always see them dropped our mail off thats why i have that sticker there.

  3. Elizabeth Aiken

    Im a retired postal worker. My mailman named Joe who works in 10456 in the Bronx has been a dedicated worker for years.He’s very polite and does his job very well

  4. s. brown

    I love this blog and how considerate you are of your carrier. I am a carrier and those things do help us a lot more than one would think. I do have to add however, the the usps is the only government ran program that does not get funded by taxes. :-) All our money comes from the products and services we offer.

  5. Randy Peterson

    I am a rural mail carrier in Eastern NC. and I for one do appreciate the little things that my customers do for me, even if it’s just a ” have a nice day”. I do my very best to make things easier for my customers. I never leave a package in the rain, I carry clear trash bags in my car so I can put the packages in. Sometimes I will put them in a less wet place and leave a note in their box, telling them where I put it.
    I have even help carry a matress up a flight of stairs. I have also met people at the post office on Saturday evening to give them a package that required a signature. I do my job with pride and I love what I’m doing. I would never ever throw a package, as I’ve heard other people do.
    Just saying, I appreciate everything thing that my customers do for me.

  6. Rich

    The Letter Carrier is the most underrated public servant who happens to be the bond that unites families all over the world!! Nationalities, race, religion, are never considered by the Letter Carrier in the performance of their job sometimes in weather most people hesitate to even go out in!! And, virtually every day, there they are with actual hand-written letters from loved ones where ever they may be! The joy a Letter Carrier in the eyes and on the faces of their patrons when they have recieved a letter or parcel from a loved one is irreplaceable! As I said earlier, they are the bond that unites families and loved ones all over the world! They truly are our own personal ambassadors!!

  7. Carlene F WENDEL

    I appreciate all Postal Workers.. As a former Postmaster for 29 yrs, I know the work that is involved in all of their jobs. It looks very easy from the outside of the job, but it is not… Depending on the size of the Post Office and area, depends on the amt. of work each worker has to do.. In a small office, the Postmaster and carriers do all their own work. Most small offices do not have clerks other than replacements. The Postmaster or replacement clerk empties, sorts all the mail, and pkgs, puts the routes mail on the carriers tables, then puts up the po boxes mail. Sells postal products, collects incoming mail and bags it all up and gets it ready for the mail trucks to take it to the larger office. All the time they are electrically scanninig every bag tag, and every package that is recieved at their end of the mail line, and all packages being sent outgoing, Scanning in tag bar codes, and their time bar codes. Their work is to be finished within a limited time, and the time is put into the computer for the larger SCF Offices to record.. Not all as easy as it looks, but it is a rewarding job, serving the people..The retirement is sufficient, but most of us that was under Civil Service do not recieve any social Security… so we are not double dipping….

  8. edward jackson

    That is so nice to hear the appreciation for the work we do everyday. I’d like to say thank you to the nice customer that took the time to pen this letter. Your carrier is a great asset to the usps.

  9. Patti Chacon

    i have the best mail carrier. He is so professional and friendly. Always makes sure we are home and not leave pkg unattended on front porch. Will come back when we are home to give me my package

  10. Cindy Davis-Wood

    I know letter carriers from all over the US. They are some of the most skilled workers I know. They work in all weather conditions, and are awesome. My carrier is a Highway Contractor and travels over 150 miles a day & has over 300 boxes. That might not seem like a lot but 90% of it is gravel rural roads.

  11. betty hayes

    Always kind and respectful to my carrier…
    . Wishing all a happy hoilday

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