I can actually use that politically incorrect term since my mail person is in fact, a man. Booyah!
I come from an old-timey neighborhood in the Mid-West, where someone walks up to your mailbox at your house and delivers your mail through some slot or box. In these neighborhoods, it’s customary to leave something small for your mail person who trudges through the sleet and snow to deliver your mail during the holidays.
Being in sunny Southern California now, I guess that custom has not really developed since it hardly snows here, but now that we’ve moved to a place where mail is hand delivered again, I’m super stoked to prepare a holiday surprise for my mail person. …The dog treats are for his dog. Obviously. 🙄
As much as some people feel that it’s their job as a mail person, it’s never too much to thank someone for doing a good job. I mean, he or she picks up your mail as well as delivers it to you. So don’t forget to thank all the people in your life this season who keep things going for you!
Anyone remember that one commercial about what would happen if the mailman didn’t deliver mail? Spoiler: THE WORLD FALLS APART.
(And just for reference, I know this isn’t completely weird because the USPS posts their gift restrictions on their website.)
All postal employees, including carriers, must comply with the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch. Under these federal regulations, carriers are permitted to accept a gift worth $20 or less from a customer per occasion, such as Christmas. However, cash and cash equivalents, such as checks or gift cards that can be exchanged for cash, must never be accepted in any amount. Furthermore, no employee may accept more than $50 worth of gifts from any one customer in any one calendar year period.