Post # 1
So its the holiday season (obviously) and I hear so many people talking about what they get their mail man. And honestly…. that seems so strange to me. Because 1) s/he is a stranger. and 2) I don’t like my mailman!
First of all, s/he doesn’t deliver the mail every day. I’d say on average once per week, s/he simply does not show up. Like… aren’t they supposed to come no matter what? And we’re not talking blizzard conditions. We’re talking like… today. When it is in the mid 40s. No mail today. WTF.
Second, s/he never rings my door bell when s/he brings packages to my door. Which pisses me off because how hard is it to ring the damn door bell so I know something is sitting on my porch.
So… yea. No christmas present from me. Am I the only one? How do you feel about your mail man (or woman)?
Post # 3
I love my mailman. I still live with my parents, so I’ve had the same mailman for about 23 years. He knows all about my family and anytime he brings the mail to the door, he’ll ask about my wedding plans. Heck, sometimes if it’s raining, he’ll bring the mail to the door so we don’t have to go out in the rain. So yeah, we always get him a Christmas gift!
Post # 4
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Our mailman may just get coal from us. We live in a duplex, one attached behind us. The mailman just dumps the other houses’ mail and packages at our door. It’s so annoying. One day, I came home to a giant parcel meant for the neighbour behind us.
Post # 5
I’m indifferent? We don’t know our mailman/haven’t lived here long enough to learn if there are annoying habits to be aware of. My Nanny does like her mail-woman quite a bit, and I think leaves a Christmas card with Candy Cane attached each year. My Nanny has lived in the same house for 40 years though, no telling how long she’s done this. :p
Post # 6
I made ours a goody box and a small gift card to a local coffee shop. We have known ours since he started the route earlier this year. He delivered a package and we got to talking about our dogs, we have the same breed. Now, whenever he is delivering up in our corner, he stops to see the dogs and brings them treats. He even gave us a bottle of wine for our wedding and made sure my invites went out fast since we sent them so late.
Post # 7
I hate our mail man. We have like two different ones but they’re not consistent on what time they come and don’t ring the doorbell when delivering packages. Then they do things like yesterday, I’m standing in my driveway and see them coming so I walk toward the street. They drive past me, stop in front of the mailbox and put it in the locked mailbox when I was standing right there walking towards them. And yes they saw me, and just went on their way. I had to go get the mail key and come back out and get the mail, it was just annoying.
Post # 8
@CorgiTales: Oh my GOD! Our freakin’ mail-lady does the same thing. Gets out of her car (slams the door) and drops a package (and not gently) on our porch and leaves. No knock, no courtesy doorbell ring. If it weren’t for the angry door slam I would never know. And sometimes I’m asleep and don’t hear even that.
And seriously, she has left packages on our covered porch when it’s raining, but leaves it just close enough to the edge so that it will get soaked.
And if she sees me out coming to get the mail she will not even wave. And I have blatantly raised my hand in greeting to her several times.
So no, no gift. She’s lucky she doesn’t get a bitch slap.
(I’d rather have a mailman like the one on the movie Funny Farm)
Post # 9
I live next door to the house I grew up in. So i have lived on the street for almost 30 years, (minus about 4 years where I was living elsewhere). I do not know my postie from a bar of soap. He never stops, just stuffs the mail box and drives on by. I have no idea how long we have had the postie or if he changes. As for people who bring packages to the door, that can be a different person ever other day of the week.
So no, no Christmas Presents here either.
Post # 10
He delivers my post. He plays music too loud (he drives). Mmm, that’s about it. He’s always nice enough I guess. I never understood the post man gift giving thing. It’s like saying thank you to him for doing his job, especially since he’s a stranger. Do do gifts for the hairdresser and my mum has a cleaning lady and gardener she gives a token to. But we’ve actually engaged in conversation with them.
Post # 11
I guess I can see giving a gift for those above whose mail people go above and beyond in actually chatting/being friendly. But, as you can tell from my post, I have no idea who ours is. Not even if its a man or woman. How could I know, they never ring the freaking doorbell! lol.
Perhaps its just a city/country thing? I guess perhaps mine is too busy for pleasantries? I dunno. Regardless, no gift for her/him.
Post # 12
@CorgiTales: I would never do it with any of our old postal workers. This is the first one I have ever even met (in 40 years) let alone be that nice to us. I had one, back when I had my house, that was such a nasty person. I could be standing at my mailbox and he would not give me the mail, he would still put it into the box with a scoul on his face. I think that like anything else in life, you will always find a handful of people that are going to be super friendly and go out of their way for you, but they are few and far between.
I do treats for the trash guys too and once in a while, when it’s super cold, I will go out and refill their coffee mugs. They are really nice to us and the old people next door. If we forget to put the trash on the curb, they will go get it and they always put our cans back by the house instead of leaving them on the street like they do for everyone else.
Post # 13
You know… I never thought about leaving the mail man a gift, but this post has inspired me and I think I’ll leave one tomorrow!
Our mail man is actually always right on time, he delivers the mail consistently before 1pm even when it’s raining or snowing, he always rings the doorbell when I have a package waiting even if I don’t need to sign for it, and he’s just an overall nice person to chat with for a minute. I wonder what would be a good gift… maybe a tin of chewing gum?
Post # 14
I don’t have anything against our postal delivery person, but I DO have a grudge against the people that work at our post office…omg they are the worst! Right after the wedding I hadn’t had a chance to change my name yet but my photographer mailed our wedding images to our place, but we weren’t home. I went to go pick them up but the postal worker wouldn’t let me even though I had the orange form signed with my address and my driver’s license. She said she couldn’t do it because my name didn’t match the form…I tried to explain I’d just gotten married and that my husband had picked up TONS of packages meant for me that weren’t in his name over the course of our engagement and she told me I was LYING and I had to bring in proof. I went to the car and found a copy of my marriage license to bring in and show her and she was TALKING SHIT about me to the other customers and apologizing because a RUDE customer held up the line. And I wasn’t even rude!
Post # 15
@kate169: That deserves a call to the post master. She is Not cool.
Post # 16
We just have one letterbox for our whole street so I have never ever seen our postman/woman and there’s no way I even COULD leave them a present! I have no strong feelings towards whoever they are either way!