Tips about mailing in the US

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Post by melodiccolor on Fri Feb 04, 2011 10:32 pm

Of particular interest is the part highlighted in red.

13 Things Your Mail Carrier Wonít Tell You.
by Reader's Digest Magazine, on Wed Jan 26, 2011 8:12am PST1363.

1. Maybe your dog wonít bite you. But in 2009, 2,863 of us were bitten, an average of nine bites per delivery day. Thatís why I wince when your Doberman comes flying out the door.

2. Remember this on Valentineís Day: It takes our machines longer to read addresses on red envelopes (especially if theyíre written in colored ink).

3. Why stand in line? At usps.com, you can buy stamps, place a hold on your mail, change your address, and apply for passports. We even offer free package pickup and free flat-rate envelopes and boxes, all delivered right to your doorstep.

4. Media Mail is a bargain, but most of you donít know to ask for it. Sending ten pounds of books from New York City to San Francisco through Media Mail costs $5.89, compared with $16.77 for Parcel Post. Besides books, use it to send manuscripts, DVDs, and CDs; just donít include anything else in the package.

5. We donít get a penny of your tax dollars. Really. The sale of postage, products, and services at our 36,000 retail locations, and on our website, covers all of the post office's operating expenses.

6. UPS and FedEx charge you $10 or more for messing up an address. Us? Not a cent.

7. Paychecks, personal cards, lettersóanything that looks like good newsóI put those on top. Utility and credit card bills? They go under everything else.

8. Sorry if I seem like Iím in a hurry, but Iím under the gun: Our supervisors tell us when to leave, how many pieces of mail to deliver, and when we should aim to be back. Then some of us scan bar codes in mailboxes along our route so they can monitor our progress.

9. Yes, we do have to buy our own stamps, but a lot of us carry them for customers who need them. If we donít charge you, thatís because we like you.

10. Use a ballpoint pen. Ink from those felt tips runs in the rain.

11. Please dress properly when you come to the door. A towel wrapped around you doesnít cut it. And we definitely donít want to see you in your underwear!

12. We serve 150 million addresses six days a week, so weíre often in the right place at the right time. We pull people out of burning cars, catch burglars in the act, and call 911 to report traffic accidents, dead bodies, and more.

13. Most of us donít mind if you pull up to our trucks while weíre delivering and ask for your mail a little early. But please get out of your car and come get it. Donít just put your hand out your window and wait for me to bring it to you.

Sources: Letter carriers in Missouri, New Jersey, and North Carolina; Fredric V. Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers; and a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service.

ĖMichelle Crouch

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