Don't Piss Off Your Postal Worker
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If your checks are routinely stepped on and misdelivered, it may not be due to simple human error. If you give your mail-person a reason to hate you, well ... your stuff might just take longer to arrive. For example, some letters naturally just "fall onto the floor" of our truck. And maybe that delays things by a couple of days. I'm not defending it, but it happens, because holding up your check or Amazon delivery by a day or two is the only vengeance we can wreak in return for all those dog attacks and verbal abuse. (Note: Some of our clients are crazy, but more on that in a moment.)
Just so we're clear, holding back mail for the purpose of vengeance isn't something we do all that often. It's an extreme response, because the consequences can be pretty dire. One Kentucky postal worker got six months in straight-up prison for "destroying, hiding, and delaying" mail so he could pick his kids up from school on time. Of course, he held back something like 45,000 letters and packages before anyone noticed. So, yeah, you can get away with it for a while.
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"Your grandma's ashes? I think those were in one of the orange bags."
If you've got some sort of powerful hankering to be a dick to your mail carrier, make sure you pay extra to get a tracking number on your mail. No matter how angry we are, we can't hold those back. And certifying your mail also helps for those circumstances when mail legitimately gets mixed up and lost.