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January 1, 2018 - 7:50 pm
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Killer… hehe… that’s a killer…  Wink

I read on a different forum a few years back about some city carrier in Chicago who had some luxury apartments and condos on their route… they were bragging about how Christmastime brought them about $10K in extra Christmas cheer every year… and all tax-free at that… Surprised

Probably doesn’t completely jive with the USPS gifting policy… but hey, it’s hard to follow ALL the rules…  Laugh

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D.B.Cooper said

Happy!!! Surprised

Turning the page… out with the old, in with the new… don’t cry over spilled milk…  and every other metaphor you can think of…. Wink  

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Well, speaking of metaphors… I guess working at the PO makes us all about as happy as pigs in $#i+… somehow that seems like a fitting phrase…  Confused

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I’ve been an RCA 8+ years now, and I have always given every, every, tip to the correct regular; including all cookies and snacks. I even put a postcard in the box saying “on behalf of so-and-so thank you and I will make sure they get it”.  That being said, a reg with no primary went out on injured October last year,(BTW, he got all tips at that Xmas time) and came back November this year.  As the second on the route I did his route 4 days a week, and two other RCAs did it one day.  How fair is it that he gave me a $30.00 tip and kept all the rest for himself this past Xmas? Am I supposed to tip out the other two RCAs since he didn’t?  I didn’t btw; they got all the gift cards my primary gave me. Luckily, my primary and the other regs I regularly work with tipped me out very well. I’m just saying there may be a reason your RCAs have suddenly stopped giving you all your tips.  Is it right? No. Do they think it’s justified? Maybe….

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I dunno if it’s right or wrong… I guess that’s a subjective opinion…

And, speaking of opinions… I have in the past had subs that always brought in all of the gifts and tips for the route, and left them on the case on the days I was off… I have a pretty high opinion of their integrity and honesty… my current sub kept all of the gifts and tips that were not specifically labeled with my name… I do not have a very high opinion of this sub’s integrity and honesty… and coincidentally this is also the worst sub I’ve ever had… always mis-delivering mail and just overall very sloppy… coincidence, I don’t think so…  Confused

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D.B.Cooper said
I dunno if it’s right or wrong… I guess that’s a subjective opinion…

And, speaking of opinions… I have in the past had subs that always brought in all of the gifts and tips for the route, and left them on the case on the days I was off… I have a pretty high opinion of their integrity and honesty… my current sub kept all of the gifts and tips that were not specifically labeled with my name… I do not have a very high opinion of this sub’s integrity and honesty… and coincidentally this is also the worst sub I’ve ever had… always mis-delivering mail and just overall very sloppy… coincidence, I don’t think so…  Confused  

I could swear your talking about my last sub! I don’t trust him any further than I can throw him. That’s not far… he’s at least 300 lbs! Lucky for me he’s changed routes but he still gets stuck on route here & there and screws it up every time. He rattles off names when asked about an address (showing off?) yet still misdelivers & never forwards the mail. 😒

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gotstamps — “He rattles off names when asked about an address (showing off?) “

—  He probably hopes no one will actually bother to check if the names and addresses match!

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btdtret said
gotstamps — “He rattles off names when asked about an address (showing off?) “

—  He probably hopes no one will actually bother to check if the names and addresses match!  

The names he rattles off that are on my route are actually correct with the addresses in question. YET… he still misdelivers mail there 🙄

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If receiving your Xmas gifts is a concern there’s an easy fix! Work during Xmas instead of trying to avoid the heaviest days of the year, and you’ll be there to accept them in person.

I’ve always handed every last gift over to my Reg. But no more! From here on out, anything in the box labeled “Mail Carrier” or the like will be going into my pocket. I, too, am the “Mail Carrier.”

If it has my reg’s name on it, I will be leaving it in the box. Maybe it will still be there when she finally returns to work, maybe it won’t. I don’t care. If it doesn’t have postage on it, I’m not picking it up and delivering it to her.  I’m not paid for that… collecting Xmas gifts for my regular ain’t my job. 

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btdtret said
gotstamps — “He rattles off names when asked about an address (showing off?) “

—  He probably hopes no one will actually bother to check if the names and addresses match!  

Or it isn’t the sub at all, but the chatty, careless regular worried about what they will do when they are off at 2 with customers who do not routinely check their mail, throwing it back the next day after a sub works as only a coincidence.

As a sub I pick up plenty of mail off the regulars mistakes.  Many are not even close to close.  But hey they have been screwing it up for so long they have no idea what is up.

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Love this “teamwork” spirit some SAY they are promoting…  Laugh

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DO NOT make me lock this thread also.

Everyone knock it off.

Please.

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Oi veh. said
DO NOT make me lock this thread also.
Everyone knock it off.
Please.  

Everyone should “Play Nice”, follow the rules and stop all the jabs. Some people can handle a few jabs and some can’t, so PLEASE stop provoking each other.

I agree with @Oi veh. “KNOCK IT OFF” or we will have to lock this thread also.
 

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SnailMail2000 said
If receiving your Xmas gifts is a concern there’s an easy fix! Work during Xmas instead of trying to avoid the heaviest days of the year, and you’ll be there to accept them in person.

I’ve always handed every last gift over to my Reg. But no more! From here on out, anything in the box labeled “Mail Carrier” or the like will be going into my pocket. I, too, am the “Mail Carrier.”

If it has my reg’s name on it, I will be leaving it in the box. Maybe it will still be there when she finally returns to work, maybe it won’t. I don’t care. If it doesn’t have postage on it, I’m not picking it up and delivering it to her.  I’m not paid for that… collecting Xmas gifts for my regular ain’t my job.   

Lol right? 

I actually had a regular at my office get annoyed with me that I brought back a gift for her without noting which mailbox I picked it up from.

 

uh if there’s no postage on it I’m not required to bring it back let alone use some of my evaluated time to write the address on it. 

Want to make sure your gifts get to you? Want to make sure you know where it came from? 

Easy. Make sure your customers know your name, address, and the amount of postage required to mail out their gift to you. 

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DM13 — “Lol right?   I actually had a regular at my office get annoyed with me that I brought back a gift for her without noting which mailbox I picked it up from.”

—  Hopefully that “Lol right?” was directed to something in the previous posting.

—  If directed to the regular getting annoyed because you didn’t note the address where the gift was picked, that’s plain, for a lack of a better term – rude ( IMHO ).

—  Customers might not expect a thank you note, but it sure helps for next Christmas.

—  Same for the dreaded Food Drive.   I made put “Thank You” on numerous little post-it’s so I could put one on the mail for someone who took the time and effort to donate.

—  It’s the little things that help with the carrier – customer relationship. Again – just HMO. 

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DM13 — “Lol right?   I actually had a regular at my office get annoyed with me that I brought back a gift for her without noting which mailbox I picked it up from.”

—  Hopefully that “Lol right?” was directed to something in the previous posting.

—  If directed to the regular getting annoyed because you didn’t note the address where the gift was picked, that’s plain, for a lack of a better term – rude ( IMHO ).

—  Customers might not expect a thank you note, but it sure helps for next Christmas.

—  Same for the dreaded Food Drive.   I made put “Thank You” on numerous little post-it’s so I could put one on the mail for someone who took the time and effort to donate.

—  It’s the little things that help with the carrier – customer relationship. Again – just HMO.   

Oh I didn’t pick up the package and think to myself “I’m NOT writing the return address on this. The regular can figure it out for themselves”

it was my first Christmas, I started in September, hers was the 2nd route I learned. I was still learning it the day I picked up her gift.

somewhere between all of the extra work that comes with the Christmas season, learning an unfamiliar route and all of the extra outgoing mail that I’m not used to picking up it must have slipped my mind. 

 

As to you comparing your gifts to our picking up food for hungry, disadvantaged people…I’ll just let everyone come to their own conclusions on that one.

Yikes.

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What bt is saying is maintaining goodwill with our customers is paramount.

Customers think they are the only one.  They don’t realize what all we do, what all we have to remember.  Sometimes, (a lot of times) they don’t include cards with (at least) their names on them.

What they do realize is that they took the time to remember us at the most wonderful time of the year and we were too ungrateful to acknowledge their kindness.

As a regular who is extremely familiar with my route, I still have to scribble the address on those gifts that my customers are so generous to provide but are lacking a card in order to write them thank you notes.  Which have postage on them.

I understand your side.  Truly.  If that was your first time on the route, you should have been paid actual time, not eval…I have now made you aware of that so you can file a grievance if you weren’t paid properly.

What I don’t understand is why this thread was resurrected after 2 weeks of dormancy.

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Oi veh — “What I don’t understand is why this thread was resurrected after 2 weeks of dormancy.”

—  Preparing for Christmas 2018?

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Oi veh — “What I don’t understand is why this thread was resurrected after 2 weeks of dormancy.”

Well, since that question seems directed at me, I’ll tell you:

It was at the top of the Christmas Period Forum, showed up in the forum home list, and was relevant to an opinion I had been developing since Xmas. I was not a member of the forum when the main discussion was going on. 

If there is some sort of rule about “resurrecting” a thread after a few weeks, I am unaware of it…?

 

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or maybe your question was directed at Kanedog?…..

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No rule per se.  This thread had died a natural death 2 weeks ago, after being briefly resuscitated.

The observation was due to the heated nature of a few threads over the past couple of days.

That is all.

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