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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Since: Jun 08

AOL

#21 Nov 23, 2008
USPS delivers 45% of the World's mail.

Standard rate postage (junk mail) subsidizes other services which make universal nationwide delivery available (surcharge free).

Postage for a First Class letter ($0.42) is well below the other top ten leading industrial nations. They average around $0.80 per letter, and are the size of one state.

Direct Mail is the LEAST intrusive form of advertising. Phone calls are despised. Commercials are hated. If you don't like the mail, just recycle it. It is mostly recycled materials already.

When marketers actually do their homework, and advertise intelligently, people do value some of what they receive.

And instead of complaining about the economy while you sip your $5 coffee, why not peruse through some of the coupons you get. It may surprise you of some of the great deals.

And finally, the mailing industry as a whole is a $900 Billion dollar industry, directly supporting 9 million jobs. Local businesses rely on the advertising value.(of which USPS is only %75 Billion, and 680,000 employees) Include printers, advertisers, retailers, eBayers, online retailers and customers, etc....

www.usps.com

Since: Jun 08

AOL

#22 Nov 23, 2008
Size and Scope
We deliver to every home and business in the United States. Every American has access to our services and pays the same postage regardless of where they live or work. We …

Process and deliver more than 212 billion pieces of mail — letters, cards, ads, bills, payments and packages — every year. Which equates to:
700 million pieces per day
29 million pieces per hour
486,000 pieces per minute
8,000 pieces per second
Deliver mail to more than 300 million people at 148 million homes, businesses and PO Boxes in every state, city and town, and in Puerto Rico, Guam, the American Virgin Islands and American Samoa.
Add 1.8 million new addresses each year to our delivery network — equivalent to the number of addresses in a city the size of Chicago.
Have annual operating revenue of nearly $75 billion.
Are the second-largest employer in the United States with nearly 685,000 career employees.
Pay $2.1 billion in employee salaries and benefits every two weeks.
Handle 46 percent of the world's card and letter mail volume — delivering more mail to more addresses in a larger geographical area than any other post in the world.
Do not receive tax dollars for operations. We are a self-supporting agency, using the revenue from the sale of postage and products to pay expenses.
We move mail using planes, trains, trucks, cars, boats, ferries, helicopters, bicycles, hovercrafts, subways and even mules.
We operate the largest civilian vehicle fleet in the world with more than 219,000 vehicles driving more than 1.2 billion miles each year and using nearly 121 million gallons of fuel.
When fuel costs increase one penny, our costs increase over $8 million annually.
We process and deliver 25.6 billion pounds of mail in 2007 — about 85 million pounds per day.
We handled more than 832 million pieces of international mail in 2007 — more than 268 million pounds.
About 14 percent of the nation’s population moves every year, generating more than 46 million address changes.
We forward more than 2 billion pieces of mail a year at no cost to the customer.
Automated Postal Centers (APCs) are self-service kiosks that provide customers with access to the most frequently purchased postal products and services.
Customers can purchase stamps at:
More than 33,000 commercial retail outlets.
17,000 banking and credit union ATMs.
2,500 APCs.
http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/p...
ex-ferrerman

Libertyville, IL

#23 Nov 23, 2008
Sounds like you guys are trying to help "Santa" beat that insanity rap. Well, I'm all for that. It is that time of the year...
courtney

Bristol, RI

#24 Nov 23, 2008
Ken in Aurora wrote:
"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?
Thats what the hell I wanna know. I call advertisers routinely to request my name be removed from mailing lists. It takes months for the mail to stop, and by then, another advertiser has taken his place
courtney

Bristol, RI

#25 Nov 23, 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!
I doubt it. It would seem to me that they would need to keep up with less mail and have to have less technology to keep mailing that crap out. I would argue that the stamp would actually cost less.
Bob

United States

#27 Nov 23, 2008
Yes, folks, we do have the stupidest people in the United States in charge of the stupidest postal service on Earth! Half--half!--of the mail that they deliver is stuff that none of us wants--half of what they deliver ends up in landfills! So what do they do? THEY CUT THE PRICE ON SENDING THIS STUFF TO US! And they raise the price for first-class mail--you know, things like your bank deposits, your bill payments, letters to and from your kids, official forms, tax returns, and the other things that are actually crucially important to your life. And you know what else? Then they spend millions more sponsoring the Olympics and, when we start using other delivery services, mounting PR campaigns to explain to us the advantages of using the Post Office! Guess what, Mr. Postmaster General! The only advantage would be reliable delivery cheaper! See how that works? Where do they find these complete idiots--and who appoints them?
Mike Cowden

Downers Grove, IL

#28 Nov 23, 2008
You can take yourself off many junk mail lists by registering with the Direct Marketing Association's mail preference service. Register at their site and opt out of everything you can. You may still receive catalogs and some junk, but the volume should be greatly reduced. I did this 3 years ago and the volume of junk is far less. You will save trees, postal workers, and your own sanity. Go to this site:

https://www.dmachoice.org/dma/member/regist.a...

Once you're done with that, opt out of pre-screened credit card offers here:

https://www.optoutprescreen.com/opt_form.cgi

Between these two and the do not call list, the overall volume of unwanted crap flowing uninvited into your home will go down measurably. If you continue to get catalogs, you will probably have to contact the senders and tell them to stop. Call your credit card providers and tell them to stop sending you those @*$&%ing checks. Any remaining junk you get you can plug back into a business reply envelope and send it right back to the jerks. See how they like it. This stuff doesn't take long to do and once it's done, it's done for a number of years. Well worth it in my opinion!

Good luck and happy opting out.
PLEASE RAISE TAXES

Hanover Park, IL

#29 Nov 23, 2008
There is a simple solution for this, call all your congressmen and suggest a DO NOT MAIL LIST similar to the do not call list. They stopped all the phone calls. Their concerns should revolve around the energy wasted. Not only the huge amount of paper that is wasted the energy consumed by the printing industry. I would actually prefer the phone calls over all the crap we throw out every day. One more thing, how can any politican that sends out daily mailers during election season claim to be a green candidate or concerned about the enviroment. Its actually a funny conversation if you can get the opportunity to asked them in person.
mike h

United States

#30 Nov 23, 2008
thats what my recycle bin is for - junk mail and pop cans.
this area you get fired for dumping any mail (well depends on if you work in the city of chicago (you might get suspended - in the suburbs it varies on if they want to get rid of you or not.
Think it was oak forest - all the carriers got their work on time except for 1 who had to work OT all the time and the postmaster approved it L.O.L. and if the others complained, the carrier would threaten them - some work environment.
Cliff Claven

Libertyville, IL

#31 Nov 23, 2008
mike h wrote:
thats what my recycle bin is for - junk mail and pop cans.
this area you get fired for dumping any mail (well depends on if you work in the city of chicago (you might get suspended - in the suburbs it varies on if they want to get rid of you or not.
Think it was oak forest - all the carriers got their work on time except for 1 who had to work OT all the time and the postmaster approved it L.O.L. and if the others complained, the carrier would threaten them - some work environment.
Say, Mike, what kina heat are yas packin' der now? In Baston, we uhhh favor yer basic semi-auto pistol. nothing fancy. Nooo streetsweepers, ya know? Ya know- mano a mano gunfighting like the ol time cowboys. Kina like Wyatt Earp an-- what's that ma? No, Im not touching myself. I'm on the net! Oh Jeez, ma! I gotta go, fellas...
DanS

Chicago, IL

#32 Nov 23, 2008
it is the function of the USPS to deliver all mail that bears the proper postage.
who does he think he is, deciding what I read and do not read?
this employee intentionally violated his employment contract, and should have been removed.
DogMan

Palos Park, IL

#33 Nov 23, 2008
Pete Mechales wrote:
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.
Yep, we had a mailman like that here in Des Plaines about 5 years ago. He was an alternate route carrier for 60018.

I was missing bank statements, rebate checks and much other mail, including bills, that I had to spend much time tracking down. They finally caught him as a cop noticed his van full of mail. This went on for about 9 months. I was hoping he would get jail time but they just let him go.

We have a great letter carrier now.

Deliver the mail addressed to me, let ME decide what I want to open or recycle. That is what you are being paid to do.
DR J

Enterprise, AL

#34 Nov 23, 2008
Truth be told, delivering mail ain't as easy as folks think. There's a massive amount of all classes of mail that have to go out every day. The carrier is expected to be at any given address at a specific time. The job was a killer 30 years ago, and it's only gotten tougher. I feel sorry for him, but there's no excuse for not doing one's job, no matter the health problems he faced. Life's tough, the Post Office's tougher!

“WHAT HUMP? ”

Since: Mar 08

Chicago

#35 Nov 23, 2008
jpd in nola wrote:
This is just an out of shape, overweight man, who could not do his job i.e. carry the mail bag. I'd fire him.
I dunno...I tried that job for three months once. Its pretty hard to do, especially up in Barrington Hills...pretty rough terrain. I give those folks a lot of credit.
Andra

El Paso, TX

#36 Nov 23, 2008
"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."

I sign up with retailers for online delivery of the coupons/discounts I want. They don't share with other lists, the delivery is faster than USPS and it saves _loads_ of paper from landfills.

"And please don't call it "junk mail," Cutts said. "We don't use the 'J' word.""

Of course the association wouldn't call it that, but once it's delivered, it's the recipient's prerogative to call it what ever they want. The fact that the term is so pervasive shows her view is likely the minority one.

"The Postal Service also did not look kindly on Padgett's failure to deliver the "standard mail," which accounts for half the volume of U.S. mail and a third of the service's revenue. "We don't consider it junk mail," spokesman David Partenheimer said -- just as newspapers don't consider the ads that flutter out of the daily paper to be junk, he added."

Hmmm... This strikes me as odd. They create _half_ the volume of the mail, but pay only a _third_ of the revenue? Why aren't they paying _half_ the revenue? Where is the revenue to cover that 1/6th extra volume they're creating coming from?
theworldsnotblac knwhite

Chicago Heights, IL

#37 Nov 23, 2008
DanS wrote:
it is the function of the USPS to deliver all mail that bears the proper postage.
who does he think he is, deciding what I read and do not read?
this employee intentionally violated his employment contract, and should have been removed.
you're a real treat around the house

honestly, 99 percent of the coupons and mailers i don't give a cr-p about

the other 1 percent? i figure the money i save on that coupon would be well worth not having to read all the other junk mail to get there.

hats off to this guy!
polly

San Diego, CA

#38 Nov 25, 2008
This mailman is a great hero. He should get a medal!

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