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Thread: Mail Carriers, Clerks, and Postmasters

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    Mail Carriers, Clerks, and Postmasters

    Every year at this time we try to give to those who serve us throughout the year especially our postal people. Do you do something special for yours and if so, what? Don't forget the homemade cookies!

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    My sister is a carrier and she LOVES the home baked goodies! Also chocolate candy!!

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    I live in a small town of about 60 people and our mail comes via mail carrier (rural route). He is a friend of the family and I made little quick breads, and we have hunters who give us so many jars of homemade jellies and jams each time they come we can not keep up, so I made a little package of breads and jellies to give to him and he ended up getting in trouble as the head postmaster here (who can be a real pain) said this was accepting bribes while on the job. So now we give them to him when not in his official vehicle. Even though he uses his own personal car for delivering mail.

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    What a load of crap that you can't give a gift to someone without someone else saying it's a bribe! We give to the postman, the paper guy and I usually leave some cookies for the boys on the trash truck! This year I'll probably take a plate of cookies to the gals at the bank, they've been so helpful this year. Also the Dr. office as I have an appt right after Christmas.
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    We share with our carrier all through the year. She loves our garden. She especially loves my pepper jelly ;-)

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    I Cant be;iev the postmaster!!! Bah Humbug! We live in a small town of 1000 and I try to make up goodies for the postmaster, mail lady, bank gitls ect they are all such a big help to me as I am diosabled. They leave pkg on the doorstep , carry pks to my car whatever i need!

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    I give my daughters bus driver a gift a few times a year... Xmas gift- usually something from Home Depot or Lowes- hes a guy after all !! , a valentines goodie bag full of chocolates, Easter goodie bag - Homemade jams & Jellies... He is the best, wont leave till he sees me and my daughter is safe and sound..

    Mail Lady gets a gift card....

    Im making my Post office lady a tote with a few goodies inside.. Soaps, hand lotion, note pads, pot holders, and whatever I can think of..

    A group of us have taken in a family and for the twelve days of Christmas we leave gifts at their steps, ring the bell and RUN LIKE CRAZY to the car.. or just leave it in their PO box..
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    That postmaster is out of line. The Postal Service does have a policy of limiting gifts to a $10.00 value anything over that may be considered a bribe. However, there is no law nor regulation that requires these servants to report to their gifts to their bosses. I know of several postmasters who tell there people this very thing. So be as generous as you wish.

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    A bribe to do WHAT???!! exactly? deliver your mail before everyone else's?

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    well, the carrier shouldn't even let the the p.m. know he got a gift. we give ours something every yr. since i order lots of stuff on line, and she delivers so good, puts it on the porch. bags it so things don't get wet. etc. yes, and i know it's part of her job, but we like her.

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    Our postman in Fairburn said the same thing they were not allowed to accept gifts. So we just did things when he was off work and at the neighborhood yule party. :-)

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    [QUOTE=Aubrey'sQuiltingCreations; I made a little package of breads and jellies to give to him and he ended up getting in trouble as the head postmaster here (who can be a real pain) said this was accepting bribes while on the job. So now we give them to him when not in his official vehicle. Even though he uses his own personal car for delivering mail.[/QUOTE]

    I am retired from the Postal Service and if my memory serves me right, you are allowed to gift up to $25.00 without the employee having to turn it down. Now I retired in 97 so I may be wrong about this but am almost sure this is correct.
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    I believe the amount is $20, and no cash or cash-equivalent gifts.

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    We don't have just one carrier. We have several. I can't keep up with giving to them all.
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    All the goodies that I make!!
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    There's that old "must be Politically Correct" again - Geez I'm sick of that one.

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    That is a stupid rule (wonder if it really is a rule) it's easy the mail carriers just shouldn't say they received anything. I give my mail carrier a small tin of cookies with a gift card in it for his favorite coffee place

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    You guys are lucky, we do not get service like that here, we are lucky if our mail is put in the correct boxes, i can see why you are so good to your mail carrier.
    Mary

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    We haven't done it much in the past, but I'm planning on it this year! Our mail carrier is awesome! Not only does she drive slow in our neighborhood, which is appreciated by us parents of bike-riding kids, but she also delivers the mail to the correct addresses! Our address is EXACTLY the same as another house in our neighborhood, and our street name is the same as theirs, except they live on a "loop" and we live on a "street". I can always tell when she's on vacation because we get the neighbor's mail.

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    I retired two years ago from the USPS and the limit of $10.00 was implemented four years ago. I know this for a fact because the memo was sent to me as supervisor. We are giving our carrier his favorite CD and we paid more than $10 for it.

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    I always gave our rural mail carriers homemade rolls & home made jelly. Now that we live in town I still do. They deserve something nice.
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    Mine gets my homemade fudge.

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    Pzazz - Could I be on your gift list for some of that homemade fudge? :-)

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    We don't have a regular carrier. Always "substitutes" - never know who it will be.

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    our regular carrier takes time off. she has a life, and kids. but when we give, we make sure it goes to her. although we have known the sub for many more yrs than the regular. in fact the sub was the one that delivered 30 lbs of books, right to my back door 2 diff times in the last week. makes me think, i should be good to her also.

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