By 18emikot - 04/08/2015 03:26 - United States - Big Lake
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We have a Chihauhau and a Springer. The Chihauhau rarely goes out and only has a few teeth left so I doubt she could hurt someone. Our Springer is a sweetheart, she's all bark but no bite. Whoever she goes out she wears a bark collar and the remote is always by someone's side. There are no protruding branches in our driveway. None. We trim them regularly.
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Can he seriously just make such a choice? I had to deal with customer insulting me to my face and still keep a smile on, but he can just choose not to do his job? If the dogs bit him I'd understand, but if he is just afraid of dogs I don't know why he would be come mail man in the first place I didn't mean to reply to anything :/ and I can't delete it now...so sorry this reply is not relevant to he first comment
The USPS has a pretty strong union that supports their workers. If he feels unsafe, he can file a report and not deliver to that house until the resident fixes the problem. My parents had a mailman (who was a sub for their regular guy) file a complaint about their dogs (two Yorkies) for excessive barking. He claimed he was scared if they got out, they'd attack him. They had to go to the post office and pick up their mail. Luckily this only lasted until their regular guy came back. He was awesome. He made an effort to get to know the dogs, talk to them using their names, and he brought them treats. Probably why they barked at the sub-- they were looking for treats :)
You can get in trouble for that exact thing. It's the Reg fault too. The dogs run at the sub thinking he has treats and the sub has no idea and freaks out. This causes the dogs to freak and just bad all around. I mean it sucks because its awesome to get to know the people and whatnot. The USPS job though is to deliver and deliver fast as possible not interpersonal. They are on the edge of failing because mail just isn't as common and you have Fedex, UPS, and so on that does it.
The dogs were always inside-- the mailman would talk through the screen door or, if my mom came to the door to pick up the mail, he'd offer the treats. But I totally see your point. He actually retired probably about ten years ago, but he'd been delivering on that route for close to twenty years. He was pretty old school and knew everyone on his route.
Why can't he just walk where the branches aren't hanging over the driveway?
It sounds like he's just looking for excuses to not do his job properly..... some people are too lazy for their own good.
Ugh, we had a postal worker once that kept getting mad at us because she had to take the larger packages up to the door. I'm sooo sorry you have to do your job.
We have one of those stupid communal mail boxes. So if we get a package, regardless of size they try to shove it in the box. Then if it won't fit, we get an angry phone call like, how dare we order something larger than 5"x5". Fine, you hate your job, but don't take it out on us and our stuff.
The dog part could be a real reason, perhaps hes afraid of dogs in general? But a driveway is usually rather wide and those would be beastly trees to cover the entire thing.
Not really. My mother has been a mail carrier for years and she's never had a problem with dogs except one day she had to wear the mail uniform(she is allowed to wear normal clothes usually) and all the dogs were ready to fight. So its just that typical uniform and the mail trucks that the dogs dont like. Its really weird.
It's true about the uniforms. If a dog sees someone coming up to the house, instinct tells them to defend. So they bark at the mailman. The mailman leaves, after delivering the mail, and the dog believes they have done their job. When this happens everyday, the dogs develop an instinct specifically towards the mailman (associated by uniform). If a dog is in the house, then there is no reason to not deliver. We are taught when it is safe, and procedures to follow to make it safe when there is a dog at the house. When in doubt we are told to hold the mail for the day and attempt delivery the following day. With OP's side of the story, it sounds like the mailman is just lazy and doesn't want to do his job. Unfortunately I see this lots, with large parcels or signature items, from colleagues. My mailman does the same thing and it makes me angry so I make sure to attempt every parcel (plus I hate having to bring them back to the post office).
The only way I ever got a package from them was after I picked it up from the post office. The mailman would leave a "sorry, we missed you note without ever knocking.
Our front door is actually in what is essentially our computer room, because it's on the side of the house, and I was on the computer once right next to the door when they put a note through saying 'sorry we missed you'. I opened the door straight away as he was walking back down the path and asked why he hadn't even bothered to knock or ring the bell and he just said 'I didn't think anyone was in' then got in the van and drove off. He didn't even have the parcel in his hands, and it was quite big so i'm pretty sure he was just too damn lazy to bring it to the door.