Are YOU Breaking the Law?

After I gave my mailman and UPS man their little tokens of appreciation, I started wondering if it were enough when my sisters shared what they give their faithful carriers. When I was working at the hospital, we were told not to accept anything that couldn’t be eaten. Since Google is my friend, I started searching.

HandcuffsAt The Right Gift for the Mailman, I found my answer. I quote:

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 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 gift 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.”

So…my little gift was right in line with what I should do. What a relief! If you transgressed in the past, there’s no need to in the future.

4 Responses to Are YOU Breaking the Law?

  1. Lila December 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm #

    So glad to see this! I had taken our other sister as an example, and done likewise. Next year I’ll try to do something more in line.

    • Tommie December 28, 2014 at 7:51 pm #

      I wouldn’t have thought anything about it if I hadn’t known the policy at the hospital.

  2. Mary Jane December 28, 2014 at 7:58 pm #

    Guess I had been misinformed several years ago with the info that as much as $10 cash was permissible. (I’ve never had one refuse it!)

    • Tommie December 28, 2014 at 8:12 pm #

      It’s entirely possible they don’t know. We were drilled on compliance because of a huge fine levied on the system once upon a time.

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