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Subject: Gifts to postal workers
Date Posted: 12/7/2007 10:34 PM ET
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I know this was covered before, but I can't seem to find it.  My carriers (work and home) and PO rock my socks.  They all have gone out of their way and beyond the call of duty for me in the last year (mostly PBS related).  I would like to get gift cards for my carriers and bake some cookies for the ladies at the PO.  What is acceptable, and what might make them feel uncomfortable?  I really want to thank them all in some way-any advice is appriciated, but postal worker regs would be great.

Date Posted: 12/8/2007 1:13 AM ET
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The official rule from the USPS is that carriers can accept non-cash gifts up to $20.00. I have given my mail carrier a $20 gift card in the past. I have never given anything to the people at the PO. I think it would depend on how well you know them. We have a few regular customers where I work who bring us food items once in awhile. Since they are regulars we put the food in the break room for everyone to share. If it was someone we weren't familiar with we would probably throw it away. Hope this helps! Jennifer : )
Date Posted: 12/8/2007 3:38 AM ET
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I have rural carriers at a small town po.  they are the best. they drive up to my house and leave the bigger boxes on the back porch even tho' it entails them getting out of the car (in all kinds of weather).  every christmas I leave a box of nuts/fruit  combo in my box for them.   it's the least I can do.

I'm sure whoever gets it from the box that day takes it back to share with the others.



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Date Posted: 12/8/2007 11:16 AM ET
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Last year I made little packages of homemade cookies, put one in my mailbox with a note for my carrier and took a couple down to the post office.  They were very well received and I'm going to do the same this year.  I asked at the post office the other day whether anyone there had a nut allergy and I could just see their faces light up!

Date Posted: 12/8/2007 2:25 PM ET
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Thanks for the info about the $20 limit.  After our wonderful carrier retired ten years ago, we had a succession of carriers, temps and subs, and what-not, who I'm sure were great people, but were never here long enough to learn the route.  Then last spring I noticed our mail was was arriving at a regular time, and I was no longer receiving my neighbor's mail.  Sure enough, a young woman has taken on our route, and it's wonderful!  She'll be getting an envelope for sure!

Date Posted: 12/18/2007 4:17 AM ET
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I'm a suburban apartment dweller, if I leave an envelope with a gift card in my mailbox is that okay? What gift cards are appreciated? Starbucks? There are 3 Starbucks within a mile of my apartment.

Date Posted: 12/18/2007 4:21 PM ET
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I do the Starbucks gift card because the Starbucks is on my block and therefore on the carrier's route.  I know I am the first stop after lunch so it should be easy for him to use.  I also figured he would like a hot coffe or tea or chocolate --- it's cold here in winter.

 

Date Posted: 12/18/2007 4:37 PM ET
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Hi Rachel!  I asked my postman and he said to write his name on the envelope and leave it in my box.  (I live in a huge apartment complex)  I asked him what he wanted and he just shrugged his shoulders and said I didn't have to get him anything, but i'm still going to surprise him tomorrow. =)

~Keri  (he gave me his name personally, but you could probably ask the people in your apartment office your postal workers name)

Date Posted: 12/19/2007 3:26 AM ET
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I'll probably do the Starbucks card, and I think I'll just write "mail carrier" on it since I think there's more than one. I think I'll get some for the apartment managers too, since they have to handle all the books that don't fit in the mailbox!

Date Posted: 12/19/2007 9:20 AM ET
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My postal carrier seemed to appreciate her gift -- I was able to hand it to her in person.  She gave me a little card the following day.  The folks at the  p.o. also liked the gift, and when I went in yesterday they also made a point of thanking me.  :->

 

Date Posted: 12/19/2007 12:01 PM ET
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I work in a small contract post office.  The past two days we have served over 1000 per day.  Trust me, that is a huge amount.  Our average is 300 per day.  The lines were very long, but everyone was patient.  The postmaster from the local PO that we work with came out twice in the last two days with extra trucks and helped load our outgoing mail herself.  Our hallway and office were stuffed with bags of priority boxes and our three bins were overflowing. 

Our customers have been awesome.  Not once in the past two days has there been a cross word from anyone, and the compliments have been great.  None of us have been able to take a lunch or even a break for two days.   Since we are just minimum wage, non-union workers, we don't have scheduled breaks and we don't take them if we're busy.   Yesterday, a teenage delivery boy from the Pizza Hut next door walked in with two pizzas.  Said that one of our customers ordered them to be delivered to us.  We have no idea who the customer was, but that was so sweet and made our day.  Other customers have brought us donuts and breakfast tacos from the deli down the street.  Cookies and fudge have also been dropped off.  I cannot tell you how good it makes you feel that people do those kinds of things....... and how much we appreciate the gesture.  Even though we couldn't eat the pizza when it was still hot (we were too busy), we enjoyed it at closing time while we were counting out and cleaning up. 

This is my second holiday season at the post office, and I cannot tell you how much I appreciate the he11 that the PO goes through at this time of year.  And how hard they are working to get your packages to their destinations on time.  Or how much our backs, legs, and arms hurt after a day of lifting all those boxes!  Please, treat your PO workers with a little extra kindness and appreciation.  And remember, they are only human and can get cranky sometimes just like everyone under stress.....  We go home feeling like we were slapped around all day long sometimes.

And the best thing you can do for your postal worker is to have your packages ready when you get to the counter.  Have it taped and addressed as legibly as possible, and don't change your mind once the postage has been printed!    People that come with boxes not taped or addressed hold up everyone else in the line! 

 

 

 

Date Posted: 12/19/2007 8:25 PM ET
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You must be treating those customers awfully well to begin with, Terri! They're just returning the kindness! Only a few more days to go........!

Date Posted: 12/21/2007 8:47 AM ET
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I didn't know about the $20.00 limit. My carrier accepted a $25 gift card to Chili's restaurant.

Date Posted: 12/21/2007 6:53 PM ET
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I put a note on my box and my Starbucks Gift Card in my mailbox for my mail carrier, just in case I wouldn't be around.  He rang the doorbell as he always does when I have packages.  This time it was to say thank you, he said he would probably be stopping off at Starbucks for hot chocolate later today.

Date Posted: 12/22/2007 4:02 PM ET
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I gave my mail carrier a cash gift and Christmas card.  He filled out a little post card, thanking me and wishing me a happy holiday.  Nice guy!!!

Date Posted: 12/23/2007 10:54 AM ET
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I just got an envelope yesterday while delivering mail and it was addressed to ME by name, I was so excited because i am only the substitute carrier and usually don't get anything. Not that i am complaining, my boss(the regular carrier) deserves all the gifts she gets and i'm fine with bringing them all back to her after the day is over, but to see an envelope addressed to me, THAT made my day! The customer left me a thank you note and $5.00. Very sweet of her!

Date Posted: 12/23/2007 12:19 PM ET
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What a nice surprise, Tanya!

Date Posted: 12/24/2007 10:56 PM ET
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I think it's great that so many of you have good relationships with your carriers. I grew up in a small town, where mail was actually delivered to our house and the mailman was a friendly fixture who came like clockwork. I miss that!

Now I live in the suburbs with those community mailboxes. I don't even know if we HAVE a regular postal worker. It's all rather distant and anonymous. Service is inconsistent, as if they change people a lot.