Letter: Mail carrier’s life full of dificulty

Dear Editor,

While phasing out home mail delivery will be an inconvenience to a lot of people [Fragile people still need their mail, Jan. 23 Letters, Langley Advance] it will be more practical and efficient in the long run.

Those who cannot pick up their mail will have to arrange for someone to pick it up for them. Everyone has the option of having indoor boxes (in drug stores, etc.).

You couldn’t possibly deliver to just “some homes,” forinstance those with doctors’ notes. Mail is sorted and bagged as to delivery. You would have double the bags.

All new housing developments have mailboxes, and home delivery will be a thing of the past very soon.

As for the wages mail carriers receive, they are good, and here is why.

Mail carriers start the day in the station, sorting their mail. That takes two hours or more, and is not as easy as you think. One wrong piece of mail in the wrong order, and it may cost the carrier an hour or more.

Rain gear is a must. I don’t know of any comfortable rubber boots, so comfortable shoes are worn.

Have you ever heard of trench foot?

They are now caring 40-plus pounds per bag, up to eight bags per day.

How many restrooms do you know of on residential streets? How about a nice place to eat your lunch in the rain? Often lunches are eaten while walking.

You deliver mail up to 8 p.m. When your route is finished, you taxi back to the station to be told – for whatever reason – you are now being forced out to do a section of a route of someone else who is behind. You are not allowed to say no, and it happens at least once a week.

Now it is dark and out you go to an unfamiliar neighbourhood.

Did I mention that the daytime routes are changed every week? You have no idea where you are going, but you do it. It’s your job, for which you get a good wage.

Canada Post is a private organization whose revenue – not taxpayers – pays its employees’ wages.

Mail carriers deserve every cent they make. I suggest you walk along sometime with your own carrier, and see how fun and easy it is.

Your correspondent mentions that mail delivery is very slow, taking days to get from one city to the other. When was mail service ever speedy?

If this is such a problem for you,perhaps you will consider using a courier service in the future.

No… I am not a mail carrier.

Lisa Ramstad, Langley

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