Mailman fails to deliver, becomes loc...

Mailman fails to deliver, becomes local hero

There are 37 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 22, 2008, titled Mailman fails to deliver, becomes local hero. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Steven Padgett leaves the federal courthouse in Raleigh, N.C., earlier this week after a judge gave him three years' probation, fined him $3,000 and ordered 500 hours of community service for his failure to ...

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Ken in Aurora

Montgomery, IL

#1 Nov 22, 2008
"Padgett's efforts to spare the neighbors their junk mail were not much appreciated by the Direct Marketing Assn. The 3,400-member group considers such mail a boon for consumers seeking discounts and services and for small businesses seeking to target customers.

Eight of 10 people actually look at such mail, and a "large percentage" take advantage of coupons and discounts, said Sandy Cutts, the association's public affairs director."

What planet does this shill come from?
Shamus

United States

#2 Nov 22, 2008
As much as I hate "JUNK" mail Sandy, you missed a golden opportunity to describe the real-world without "JUNK" mail. You might have said something like, forget the '... coupons and discounts,...' would it make a difference to the public if a postage stamp would now cost 65-75 cents w/o junk mail? I bet it would!
Reality

Glen Ellyn, IL

#3 Nov 22, 2008
I wish this guy was my mailman! He's a hero in my book.

We talk about "GREEN"! Think of the wasted resources to make this unwanted advertising, deliver it, and then much of it ends up in the garbage! It should be banned, or charge double postage (rather than discount).
Rich

Pekin, IL

#4 Nov 22, 2008
Who is he to determine what mail I should or should not receive?

While I don't like junk mail any more than anyone else, companies paid to have it delivered, the post office promised to deliver it and it was his duty to deliver it.
Jeff

Richmond, IN

#5 Nov 22, 2008
I suggest people do what I do. I take the JUNK mail and put it into any of the postage prepaid envelopes I get and mail it back out again. When the gas credit cards come in with all the extra offers, I include it with my payment.
daryl

Edwardsburg, MI

#6 Nov 22, 2008
Shamus wrote:
As much as I hate "JUNK" mail Sandy, you missed a golden opportunity to describe the real-world without "JUNK" mail. You might have said something like, forget the '... coupons and discounts,...' would it make a difference to the public if a postage stamp would now cost 65-75 cents w/o junk mail? I bet it would!
You are exactly right, Shamus. I'm no fan of receiving junk mail, either, but it keeps our first class postage rates lower than any other country in the world.
paul

Aurora, IL

#7 Nov 22, 2008
We should have a system where we can decline all unaddressed mail. Very simple, a sticker on your mailbox that syas you do not want to receive any unaddressed mail.
John

Plainfield, IL

#8 Nov 22, 2008
Jeff wrote:
I suggest people do what I do. I take the JUNK mail and put it into any of the postage prepaid envelopes I get and mail it back out again. When the gas credit cards come in with all the extra offers, I include it with my payment.
This is no new tactic. Andy Rooney has been pushing this for years.
get real

Cicero, IL

#9 Nov 22, 2008
daryl wrote:
<quoted text>
You are exactly right, Shamus. I'm no fan of receiving junk mail, either, but it keeps our first class postage rates lower than any other country in the world.
If advertisers had to pay first class rates on this crap we wouldn't get any of it at all. Rather than keeping first class rates low it is just the opposite -- regular mail prices subsidize the cheap rates advertisers pay for the junk mail
Finally

Chicago, IL

#10 Nov 22, 2008
WIth online bill pay, auto-debit, auto-charge, etc, I only mail out about ten envelopes PER YEAR, half of which are tax returns. On the other hand, I throw out ten pieces of junk mail PER DAY. I wouldn't mind paying $1 for first class mail or maybe even more if that's what it took if paper spam, junk mail, etc was outlawed.
Speakingmymind

Elmhurst, IL

#11 Nov 22, 2008
Junk mail is probably keeping the USPS afloat these days. If you don't want it go to the Marketing Systems website and put your self on the Do Not Send list. It cuts the volume considerably.
Billy Bob

United States

#12 Nov 22, 2008
Don't discount the fact no one
complained.
That also says something.
ex-ferrerman

Libertyville, IL

#13 Nov 22, 2008
I've got mailmen in my family. Please don't tell anyone.
Gary

Monee, IL

#14 Nov 22, 2008
Maybe all those people should re- envelope that mail and pay for the postage and send it back, adressed to the post office that let "Mailman Steve" go, until they rehire him, or better yet write "RETURN TO SENDER NO SUCH PERSON" accross the front of it all and put back in the mail box. On the ones that say postage will be paid by the adressee just drop in any mailbox, but attach it to a cardboard box with a brick in it first!
I used to do that but I just sent them tons of "time sensitive Valuble coupons" they possibly needed.

“WHAT HUMP? ”

Since: Mar 08

Chicago

#15 Nov 23, 2008
Fingerhut catalogues are the worst...so big and heavy.

I pick up all my mail on the way to work and ALL the junk goes right into the dumpster.

I don't wanna see any mailpeople lose their jobs so I take all the credit card offers that have postage paid envelopes and I mail those back EMPTY.
Pete Mechales

Bartlett, IL

#16 Nov 23, 2008
I wish i had him in Des Plaines- evern though technically he did the wrong thing

He should have realized that these direct mail companies are one of the huge reasons that being a mail carrier is a well paid and very steady job with benefits

every day 3 to 7 junk flyers - very few offering real value like coupons or discount. Most are insurence companies cliaming their coverage is better or high interest credit card applications and general BS. All this may travels for my mail box then to be wastebasket then within a few days to the dumpster outside.

“This and That”

Since: Jul 08

Chicago

#17 Nov 23, 2008
The Catalog Choice site is decent, though it takes a long time for the requests to go through, and many catalog publishers don't recognize the site: http://www.catalogchoice.org/

Here is a site for opting out of some junk mail, but it's still not fullproof: http://opt-out.cdt.org/

“This and That”

Since: Jul 08

Chicago

#18 Nov 23, 2008
Ok that opt out site doesn't seem to be too up-to-date anymore, forget that!
ex-ferrerman

Libertyville, IL

#19 Nov 23, 2008
Junk mailers are like tele-marketers. They think thay if 1 in a 100 customers buy their stuff that they have been sucessfull. Junk mail will never stop and, for some of the reasons posted here, maybe it shouldn't. But, at least with junk mail, most of us can shred it and compost it. Keep it coming.
Joe

Skokie, IL

#20 Nov 23, 2008
Did they disclose the name of the "utility worker?" All that piled up junk mail should go to him, and I have some I can forward to him as well.

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