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Rules for Saying Thank You to the Postal Carrier

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There are rules to follow when giving gifts to your neighborhood mailman.

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Updated December 23, 2010

If you're trying to find the right gift for the mailman, here are a few simple rules for what postal carriers are allowed to accept, according to ethics guidelines for federal workers including those for the United State Postal Service.

Postal workers are generally prohibited from accepting gifts valued at more than $20 from customers and coworkers, but there are some exceptions.

Acceptable Gifts for the Mailman

Acceptable gifts for the mailman include:

  • modest refreshments such as coffee, doughnuts, cookies or soda;
  • plaques, trophies and other items intended for presentation;
  • perishable items such as food, candy, fruit or flowers so long as they are to be shared with other postal workers;
  • and retail gifts cards with a value of less than $20 that cannot be converted to cash.

Unacceptable Gifts for the Mailman

Postal workers are prohibited from accepted the following items:

  • cash;
  • checks;
  • stocks;
  • liquor;
  • anything that can be exchanged for cash;
  • and anything of monetary value such as meals, gift certificates, event tickets and clothing.

Perhaps the best gift for your mailman is simply a heartfelt card saying "Thank you."

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