I have been thinking about this all day - and the more I think about it the stranger it gets.
I accidentally put an envelope with some checks inside in with a stack of envelopes to be mailed, and I put them all in my mailbox for the postwoman to pick up. She was already gone before I realized what I had done. So I went to the local postal branch and actually got a manager to get the deliverer to look for and locate the envelope when she reported in at the end of her route.
She did find my envelope and they called me. So I left a reward for her in my mailbox the next day. Now here is the weird part...
My postal carrier mailed me a thank you card for the reward. Cancelled postage.
What was she thinking? That if she mailed it she wouldn't have to make the trip? Wasn't she coming over anyway? Couldn't she have just dropped it off? Did she make a special trip to the drop box to mail it? Did it get put in the system, routed and then sorted into her delivery bin? Did she then take all her mail and sort all her drops and put her own letter in the proper bunch of mail for my address and then deliver it to me?
It just doesn't make any sense - and the more you think about it, the less sense it makes. Maybe she did it because she gets a professional discount on the price of stamps and she wanted to take advantage of that?
She probably didn't want to disturb you by knocking on your door or she may think that you work during the day and as a postal employee is likely aware that it is illegal to put anything other than U.S. Mail into your mailbox. Thats my guess.
I think this postal worker takes her job very seriously. It is illegal to put anything other than "official mail" in a mailbox. I would be very surprised to learn that they get any kind of a discount on postage.
Mary Lou Scanlon
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I am married to a letter carrier with 32 years under his belt.
Trust me they get no discount on stamps!
If they want to get stamps they stand in line at the counter just like everyone else. My husband always carried a book of stamps and put them on the letters people forgot to, and never mentioned it to the person.
And you all are so right, it is illegal to put anything in a mail box, the carried did the right thing.
The public does not realize how the letter carriers are watched for any slip up in rules.
They actually video tape carriers, hide in bushes to watch them. They also on a regular basis put wallets in collection boxes to test the carriers honesty.
I could go on and on about stuff that is done to carriers, it is not a nice place to work anymore.
Here is a great example of the things the supervisors do: if you put any rubber bands around the gear shift on your truck you get a weeks suspension without pay, cause after all thats a "safety" issue? Ugh, will not bore you with any more examples!
My husband is on disability from a fall delivering the mail, and to get medical help and compensation pay for this had been a nightmare!!!!
Trust me when you see your letter carrier give them a big smile! They need it!
Well after reading this I think I will do what I do for my garbage men in the past when they actually got out of the truck and dumped it in the back. PUT A SEMI FROZEN COKE IN THE MAIL BOX WITH A POST STAMP ON IT AND WRITE ON THE CAN TO THE CARRIER. Thanks guys.