Why You Should Tip Your Mail Carrier Even Though It’s Illegal
So the USPS says don't tip your mail carrier, it's against the law. Well, I've got your tip right here.
I wrote about this topic last year and I've come to the conclusion that I'm not going to let the big bad USPS stop me from tipping however much I want to whoever I want.
The Post Office says:
Under federal regulations, carriers are permitted to accept a gift worth $20 or less from a customer per occasion, such as Christmas. However, cash and cash equivalents, such as checks or gift cards that can be exchanged for cash, must never be accepted in any amount.
Give me a break. Why can't I slip my mail carrier some cash in appreciation of their hard work and not have the government involved? If individual postal workers feel uncomfortable accepting a tip or gift, I understand. But, that's still not going to stop me from offering. There are very easy ways to "say thank you" low key.
I have to say that I'm not advocating that you deliberately stray from the USPS's policy, but lock me up for trying to spread a little holiday cheer to a group of people who work their butts off all year.
This goes for trash collectors and delivery workers from UPS, FedEx and the like too.
Lisa Paige from PopCrush Nights does a great thing every year for delivery folks. She leaves a basket of snacks and water on her front step with a note encouraging delivery staff to indulge. Soon, that will be "against the law!"
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