On one of my frequent neighborhood walks I asked the mailperson on that route why is mail delivery so unpredictable. He explained that it depends on the day of week, as Mondays tend to have more mail to be sorted and delivered; if it is the regular mailperson, a substitute or a new person; holidays such as Christmas of course plays a factor; and how easy it is to deliver mail.
‘’What would make it difficult to someone to deliver mail?” I asked. “Lack of uniformity in the street mailboxes for one, inclines or declines, different driveways. In other cities it is pretty straightforward to deliver mail. What really makes it hard is trash day. Many people put their trash bins or sometimes they park their vehicles right in front of the mail box. So we have to get out of the truck, walk around to put the mail in the mailbox. Sometimes the way the trash bins are placed or the way people park in front of mail boxes we can’t even open the mail box to put in the mail. That’s what takes longer.”
He admitted that several times he has had to deliver the mail the next day because he could not get access to the mailbox.
So mail can be delivered through rain, snow, and sleet, but not easily when people block the mailboxes. Let’s think about where we place our trash bins and how we park our vehicles.
A little more enlightenment and a little less entitlement will go a long way.
Ganka Brown, Laguna Beach