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Weird but Fun Facts About Your Mail Person’s Job

How well do you really know your mail person? Do you know their name? How about what they like to do, outside of miles and miles of daily cardio, also known as work. Here are a bunch of weird but fun facts about the people who drop off your little white envelopes.
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The Trucks

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Mail trucks are really old. Trucks have right-mounted steering wheels and, for the drivers, they take some getting used to. According to Dan, a mailman,  “There’s one day of training on the right-hand drive truck. Actually, about half a day of actual training. You have to become accustomed to limited visibility [and] learn to drive using the mirrors.” These trucks are of the oldest on the road and all are 25 to 30 years old today.

The Mail

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According to a couple of carriers, it is protocol not to look at the mail. So when customers ask if the postal worker has a check for them, they are puzzled when the carrier says that they don’t know. Some carriers go above and beyond and sort peoples mail, person, business, and ad or something, but this is not common practice.

The Jokes

Carriers like to talk to customers and get to know them. In fact, mail workers know us best! They pick up on who works from home, who travels a lot, and what kind of schedule we hold. The thing is, mailmen don’t like he awkward jokes! The worst being: Oh, you can keep the bills. They say this is the one they hear the most. Poor mailmen. Oh and ps, no one likes the awkward jokes, jokes are to be funny!

Safety (For Us)

Because they know us so well and see us in our home environment, they are keen to know when something is off. A carrier named Kenny said that he’s called 911 more than a few times when he noticed retirees on his route hadn’t been collecting their mail.   “I knew one customer had health issues and dementia,” Kenny says. “They got in and found out she had fallen and was severely dehydrated.” We are all thankful for our mail people!

All That Walking

And what it does to you! Typical carriers can walk up to 12 miles a day. Whew! A mailman from the Northeast named Adin says, “I lost 15 to 20 pounds initially but gained it back in leg muscle. I can no longer fit into skinny jeans.”  Well, big muscly legs jeans will have to work instead.

Their Mail Bag

A mail person’s satchel has more uses than you know. Of course, it’s meant to carry the mail, but more, it’s meant to help . In fact, it’s used as protection. It’s a funny cartoon skit when dogs are barking and running after mailmen, but in real life, it’s not so funny. The bag is meant to be placed in between the mail person and the dog in case of an attack. Kenny says, “There’s a whole training program on it,” Kenny says. “You try to keep it between you and the dog.” Carriers are also issued pepper spray for safety purposes. “I hate to use it, but sometimes you have to,” Kenny admits. He says he’s been bit nine or 10 times. “I’ve never needed stitches, but I’ve known carriers who have.”

Trash

We all know that mail boxes do not take the place of trash cans. Yet, mail workers continue to find trash in the mail boxes! As a rule, you should really only put mail in the mailbox, but residents have their own ideas sometimes.  “People sometimes use them for storage. I’ve found tennis balls and house or car keys.” Carrier Adin cautions you not to put keys in the box as it’s an obvious place for burglars to look for them.

The Cats

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Turns out, carriers aren’t cats best friends either. Adin said that the mounted slots can be the worst.  “Cats can sometimes be aggressive,” he said. “On my previous route, there was a cat which would strike through the mail slot. I had to be careful putting anything into it. My current route has a cat which purrs and meows playfully through a screened-in porch window until you get close, then attacks.” Yike. Use your satchel, Adin!

So next time you see your mail carrier, say ,”hi” and ask how they are. Now you know a lot more about their weird but fun jobs.

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