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Man of Letters: What I learned about America, and myself, working as a mail carrier

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    eve
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    Oh boy. As a mail carrier myself right now, even though I deliver further south, that struck a real cord with me. Even here our clerks are worked to the bone and the turn over rate is high. Both...

    Oh boy. As a mail carrier myself right now, even though I deliver further south, that struck a real cord with me. Even here our clerks are worked to the bone and the turn over rate is high. Both CCAs and RCAs are worked into the ground. But there are rewarding moments and, like the journalist said, the people you work with make it bearable.

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      sublime_aenima
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      My hat goes off to you. My wife tried to be a mail carrier, but couldn’t make it past the probation period. In that 3 month period she was not by a dog twice and just barely escaped 3 other times....

      My hat goes off to you. My wife tried to be a mail carrier, but couldn’t make it past the probation period. In that 3 month period she was not by a dog twice and just barely escaped 3 other times. She came home exhausted almost everyday and she was in excellent shape since she used to run marathons.

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      1. eve
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        Thank you haha. I dont blame your wife at all. There are times where I think about quitting but I'll only leave when I have a job lined up. Being a carrier is a lot rougher than one would think.

        Thank you haha. I dont blame your wife at all. There are times where I think about quitting but I'll only leave when I have a job lined up. Being a carrier is a lot rougher than one would think.

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  2. patience_limited
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    I'm grateful for everyone who's continued to uphold the values of one of the last functional public institutions in America.

    I'm grateful for everyone who's continued to uphold the values of one of the last functional public institutions in America.

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  3. Sunward
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    A journalist writes about his experiences working for the United States Postal Service after being laid off from a newspaper. If you'd rather take it 280 characters at a time, the content is drawn...

    A journalist writes about his experiences working for the United States Postal Service after being laid off from a newspaper.

    If you'd rather take it 280 characters at a time, the content is drawn largely from a Twitter thread by the author that went viral.

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