Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a mailman? The job certainly has its attractions. The daily life of a mailman is a mixture of the routine and the unexpected. It is a great job for a person who likes to be off work fairly early and who doesn't mind, or even enjoys, being up at the crack of dawn. Perhaps the lure of working outside is appealing when sitting at a desk has been your life for the last decade. If so these mailman facts will be of particular interest.
The mailman goes by many different names in different countries. Historically the postie or mail carrier has been an approachable person who is always willing to stop for a quick chat. A mailman is as much a part of the community as the local store owners or your neighbors. Most can complete their route blindfolded and all are trained in a number of ways you probably wouldn't expect.
Mailmen have seen their jobs move much more towards package delivery in the electronic age. The amount of correspondence done by e-mail and text message means handwritten letters are becoming rarer even than delivering chickens. Even so the mailman still has a hugely important role to play in delivering items that can cross the country in less than 24 hours.Enjoy these facts about mailmen and next time someone you know wonders, "what is being a postal worker like?" you'll have all the answers.
They Don't Really Have a Place to Go to the Bathroom
USPS Is One of America's Biggest Drug Distributors
The US Postal Service is (unwittingly) one of the biggest deliverers and distributors of drugs in the USA. While Hollywood would tell you that the way to deliver drugs is via speedboats and sports cars, the truth is that many online drug dealers simply package up their product and ship it around the country for the price of a few stamps. How is this possible? This USPS statement explains perfectly:
"First-Class letters and parcels are protected against search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, and, as such, cannot be opened without a search warrant. If there is probable cause to believe the contents of a First-Class letter or parcel violate federal law, Postal Inspectors can obtain a search warrant to open the mailpiece. Other classes of mail do not contain private correspondence, and therefore may be opened without a warrant."So unless the package smells overwhelmingly of drugs, chances are it will get through without being searched.
It's Illegal to Leave Something in a Friend's Mailbox
There Is Still One Route Where Mail Is Delivered by Mule
Supai, AZ, is a small Indian reservation of around 3,000 people on the floor of the Grand Canyon that still has its mail delivered by mule train every day. The trip, which takes three hours each way, is not possible using even the best four wheel drive vehicle out there and instead the journey is made in the most traditional way possible."We got milk, we got eggs, we got all kinds of frozen food, plus the first class mail," said Charile Chamberlian who delivers the route.