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Subject: Gift for Postman?
Date Posted: 8/26/2008 3:26 PM ET
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My poor postman is overworked since I joined this site.  Yesterday alone I got 9 books in the mail and he had to make a special trip to my house.  In the last month I've gotten over 30 books and have 11 on the way right now. 

To show my appreciation (and to keep him delivering them, as opposed to pitching them in his truck somewhere LOL) I'd like to do something for him.  Isn't there some sort of postal regulation about what's acceptable?  Or does anyone have suggestions?

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 3:30 PM ET
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I think you should bake him a nice loaf on banana nut bread! If you made it yourself, it is so much more appreciated.

I just got 2 books in the mail today. I have 33 on the way now. :-/ Should I give mine a gift too? LOL

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 3:31 PM ET
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I found this on the USPS site about gifts... it outlines what a postal worker can/ cannot accept.

http://www.usps.com/nationalpcc/outsidegift.htm 

Looks like if it is under $20 and not cash it is ok...

Date Posted: 8/26/2008 4:13 PM ET
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I seem to remember one time my little girl leaving our mail man a thank you note. It was somethingl ike "Thank you for being our mailman". I don't remember if they ever said anything though. lol

One of those lost in the fog memories. lol

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 2:44 AM ET
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Gift cards are always good - coffee shops or fast food.

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 11:04 AM ET
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im not a mailman, but i would be hesitant to accept anything that wasbaked/made by the person. there are so many crazy people out there today that you can never be too careful.

i agree that a giftcard is a great idea

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 5:21 PM ET
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I read the banana nut bread suggestion and just thought to myself, "Yikes!  What if they have a nut allergy?"  My cousin is allergic to tree nuts and we have had to change our family party menu.   I haven't had Pistachio Torte or homemade pecan pie in years!!!

 

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 5:50 PM ET
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Ange, that's a good point.  I had considered baking him something, but forgot about possible allergies. I should know better though since my young niece is allergic to just about everything!

Date Posted: 8/27/2008 7:32 PM ET
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I made that suggestion because I would think you would tell him what it is before you gave it to him. Wouldn't you? You woudn't just hand him a loaf of bread and say "Hey! Eat this!" You would tell him it had nuts in it. Then if he was allergic, you would keep the yummy bread for yourself. But I guess not everyone has great intentions, so I could understand not eating something from a stranger. Sad, sad world we are living in nowadays...

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 11:50 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/28/2008 1:04 PM ET
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Colleen,

I completely agree.  It's very sad that you can't always trust the intentions of others.  I'd really been thinking about baking cookies, but I think the intention would be lost if he can't eat them and I have to instead. LOL.  I guess it looks like a gift card or just a really nice greeting card.

Date Posted: 8/28/2008 5:26 PM ET
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I good thank you goes along way....don't get me wrong, I think it would be very kind to do something like that.  After reading them I am considering doing some for my mail lady.  But I good Nice thank you is always nice.  It is there job to bring us our mail, and for them to toss it out, could not only get them fired but I believe is a federal offense.

Subject: gifts
Date Posted: 8/29/2008 9:58 PM ET
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What about a book  or audio book ??  Since they are delivering so many to us ask your post man what they like to read or listen to.

I have a rural delivery carrier who travels 78 miles daily and listens to books on tape. I gave her the Stephen King CD about the Boston Red Sox and she loved it. 

Date Posted: 8/29/2008 11:55 PM ET
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Our postman gets something pretty regurlary. On holidays usually around $20 and some sweets. He often comes around lunchtime when I'm usually fixing a sandwich or preparing dinner for the evening. He's always happy to be fed. LOL It all depends on your relationsship. Ours is pretty good. :-)
Date Posted: 8/30/2008 11:59 AM ET
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I agree - it depends on how well you know your postman.  I work at the PO in Austin and I know that many of the carriers receive baked goods, etc. at Christmas.  Most of them do not have any problems eating and sharing those goodies.  I work at the window and we do sometimes get goodies from our "regulars".   We just grin, say THANK YOU, and devour!!!  I think your mailman would really appreciate receiving any kind of a thank you - especially since it isn't even Christmas!!  It just makes it even more special.

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 4:22 PM ET
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Every year, I usually give our postal carrier a small box of Gertrude Hawk chocolate Smidgens -- value about $8.50, and a nominal gift card to WAWA or Dunkin' Donuts. He always gives us great service, will walk things to the door, and is very friendly. I think a gift card and note is a nice gesture and would be very much appreciated.

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 5:34 PM ET
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Our postman gets something during the holidays and one other time during the year, whenever I remember.  It's usually a card from our dog, something humerous and postal related, twenty bucks and some chocolate. 

Subject: Update
Date Posted: 9/9/2008 8:32 AM ET
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So I baked a loaf of Cranberry Chai Spice bread for the mailman this weekend.  I saw the recipe in my latest Cooking for 2 and just had to try it!  I put a mini loaf of that and a card thanking him in my mailbox on Monday morning before I left for work.  When I got home I had 7 books in the mailbox!  Keep in mind that we have one of those very small upright mailboxes you attach to the front of your house.  The books were spilling out everywhere!  LOL.  It must have taken him forever to try and get them all arranged...  Good thing he got a reward for it!  LOL.

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 2:52 PM ET
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I gave my post lady a picture frame last year for the holidays and she wrote me a hand-written thank you card saying she'd use it for a picture of her grandchild. People are ALWAYS use frames.

Date Posted: 9/12/2008 8:13 AM ET
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For the holidays I baked cookies for my carrier and for the people who work at the post office.  I made sure that the cookies were clearly marked as having nuts or not having nuts.  I also asked the people at the post office if they had a "problem with nuts" and their response was hilarious:  "We'd be in trouble working here if we had a problem with nuts!"  LOL!

Date Posted: 9/12/2008 10:37 AM ET
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I used to give my carrier a Starbucks gift card.  It's on my block and we are his first stop for the afternoon so I know he'll use it at lunchtime.  Fortunately my block and the next have all kinds of shops and the three most practical are Starbucks, CVS, and a family grocery store.

I've heard from the new carrier that he retired but then SO said he saw him delivering the mail a couple days earlier.  I can only hope he's not retired.

I am not a tipper, per se, but he goes beyond and above and is always in a good mood and knows us by name even if we run into him somewhere else.  That's a mean feat -- the building across the street has about 100 apartments.

Date Posted: 10/5/2008 9:29 PM ET
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I am planning to knit either socks or fingerless mittens for my mail carrier.  She is awesome.