Thursday, January 03, 2008

Impatient New Yorkers

The New York Times reports that since October, the Postal Service’s New York district, which includes Manhattan and the Bronx, has been mailing apartment-dwelling customers postcards asking them to be patient when collecting their letters.

According to the article by Gregory Beyer, "The postcards are meant to address a situation that often confronts mail carriers: In apartment buildings in which mailboxes are grouped together, residents often gather to retrieve their mail while it is still being distributed into the open boxes."

Apparently mail delivery time has become tense in some buildings, especially around the first of each month, when people receive their checks.

"A throng of people descending on a delivery-in-progress can also be socially awkward for letter carriers," writes Beyer, "...especially friendly ones who would rather not come across as rude by shooing people away."

To read the entire story, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM