Congrats to all who had “all-out political war with the United States Postal Service” on their BINGO cards! You’re the latest winners in our everyday reality show we’re desperately trying to get out of.
In case you do not consume any media whatsoever, the Trump administration has seemingly declared war against the United States Postal Service. Specifically, Trump has been critical of mail-in ballots and even once said he was denying USPS further funding in an attempt to prevent universal mail-in voting.
The great Postal Service war of 2020 launched a grassroots campaign to save the Post Office, with Aug. 22 labeled Save the Post Office Saturday, with protests all over the nation.
As the issue gets bigger, people want to know what they can do to brighten post officers’ days. Reddit user carrot_maniac wanted to hear from the post officers themselves. In r/AskReddit, they posted:
“Postal Workers of Reddit: What do you need right now? How can we brighten your day when we see you on our routes?”
“Husband delivers mail and he loves just about anything people do. From pictures drawn from kids along the route to thank you letters to cold water and ding dongs. He is appreciative of it all!!” – kbhaden
“Former carrier here. Had one house that always left me a bottle of ice cold water. Highlight of that route!” – f309rod
“My father has been a postal worker for decades. What makes him smile the most is when people just reach out and be nice and friendly. He would always tell us stories about the people who would put a smile on his face. Notes/cards go a long way. But also just say hi and ask them how their day is going.” – LJackson_23
“Former mail carrier here, #1 get a bigger mail box lol. Water and treats are nice, but a box they don’t have to get out at to deliver things is the gift that keeps on giving.” – Mummifiedchili
“Stop blocking the mailbox when you park on the street.” – PrayForMojo88
“Cold water on a hot day, being patient with us if there are delays, somebody actually being home to take the next day 1pm delivery parcel you ordered, agree on a safe place for any parcels you get so your postie doesn’t have to spend extra time writing out a card” – visceralbutterfly
“Carrier here! All I ask is for the love of God PLEASE WEAR PANTS WHEN ANSWERING THE DOOR!…ive had straight up naked dudes sign for there package without batting a eye…oh the stories of awkwardness I could tell you guys…oh also smiles and friendliness is appreciated 😃 ..but with clothes on…..” – SetsukoSnow
“I forwarded this question to a relative that is a postal worker, here is their response:
‘Put numbers on your damn mailbox/house. Send cards/legit letters to people. Tear down your POS lockbox that nothing fits into and get an actual mailbox.
Say hello but don’t hold me up for a half-hour bc I don’t have time to lose. Buy stamps. If you see the mailman struggling with your giant ass refrigerator box, help, don’t just watch from your porch.
And for the LOVE OF GOD, STOP ASKING IF ITS HOT ENOUGH FOR ME OUT HERE'” – h00gieboss
“I’m a big Jimmie Johnson fan the Nascar driver, today I opened a box and there was a signed Jimmie Johnson hat with a note saying it was for me. That has brightened my whole week, but water or Gatorade, snacks always appreciated. However I would recommend writing a note saying it’s for the mailman as a lot of times items are left in a box and we are unsure, one Christmas I totally thought a gift was for me and it wasn’t. 😬” – ManOfBox
“I’m a carrier and I can tell you the cutest thing I see with the men in my office is the pure joy on their face when they reveal all the drinks/snacks they were given on their routes. They are so excited to take their treasures home to show the family. They even take pictures and post them on Facebook. As for me I love being squirted with a hose. A garden hose that is!” – carionthen44
“I put two large googly eyes on the front of my mailbox. I like to think that the post people got a smile or two out of that.” – Billy_Mays_Ghost
“Carrier here. I can guarantee that your carrier appreciates you and pays special attention to your parcels and mail. If someone leaves out snacks/drinks I will definitely remember that house and being on your route gives me something to look forward to :)” – listentothenoises
“When the quarantine was just getting started, a few of my customers left me a note in their mailbox. Just a friendly thanks and reminder that I am appreciated being out there during these hard times, making sure people get their mail and packages. I’d say this small kindness would be much appreciated again with all of this political nonsense interfering with my career. ✌🏼” –
“Postal clerk here. Honestly, just support. I have a family of 4 and all this bullshit around the postal service going under has got my anxiety through the roof. I know it’s easier said than done, but any chance to support us is awesome. I honestly love my job and I love what I do. I would hate to have to start over. Thanks for supporting us kind strangers” – M1keKuszewski
“Stop parking in front on your mailbox.
Stop putting your garbage in front of your mailbox.
Maybe put a number on your mailbox? Or at least your house? Anywhere, really?
Not get pissy at us for things out of our control, which is virtually everything causing your mail to be potentially delayed.
Maybe dont come up and start talking/shouting/coughing directly in my face, I dont really need to get sick.” – penguinpower2835
“I am a carrier. I have a running tic tac toe game going with some kids on my route. They have a paper hanging off of box and we just do one x or o a day. I’m not sure who looks more forward to it, me or them.” – sashwake
“Please dont bring up politics. We’re legally not supposed to discuss it per the Hatch Act.” – somerandomneurons
“FedEx driver here . Please stay inside the house when you see me coming up to drop the package off. I really don’t want to be around people during the pandemic. Stay inside until I leave . And when I’m walking back to my truck and you decide to open your door and grab your package , a thanks really helps my mood. 95% of the time, the job is a thankless job.” – Frankapalooza
“Former post carrier, not from USA tho, but still applies: saying hello/good morning, it’s surprising the amount of times I smiled and said good morning to have the other person looking me if I was an alien from another galaxy.
It’s free and trust me, that alone helps more than you think.” – Redux-Limited
“Keep your dog inside. They’re hard to work around even if they’re friendly.” – HarmoniousJ
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