Thursday, January 29, 2009

Unshoveled Sidewalks and Driveways Can Suspend Mail Delivery

Reporter Shannon Murphy of Michigan's Flint Journal says, "Forget about the unofficial post office motto that neither snow nor rain nor sleet will stop your mail carrier from delivering the mail. If you have too much snow or ice around your mailbox, they're not coming to your house."

According to Shannon, letter carriers from the U.S. Postal Service can stop mail delivery to any area that they deem unsafe, for reasons such as an icy sidewalk, snow barriers or dangerous dogs. Any carrier who delivers to a potentially dangerous area could face discipline.

In order to prevent mail delivery being stopped, Flint residents have received postcards with their mail stating that if they don't shovel the walk, mail will not be delivered.

Shown here, letter carrier Doug Seville walks over uncleared sidewalks on his route.

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