January 5, 2018
BRISTOL, Tenn. — I thought being a mail carrier would be a pretty simple gig — put the letter in the mailbox, walk to the next house, repeat.
As it turns out, there’s a lot more to delivering mail.
“It’s not as easy as it looks,” USPS mail carrier Adam Neal said Thursday. “There’s a lot of stuff that people don’t realize we do every day.”
Neal begins around 7:30 a.m. at the Bristol, Tennessee, post office. The first item on the agenda — sort the mail.
After all the coupons, magazines and letters are sorted using sorting cabinets, the mail is loaded onto the LLV, long life vehicle, or mail truck to you and me.
Step two: making sure the truck is good to go.
“I spend about an hour at the office making sure everything is ready to go,” Neal said. “I’ll then start my route around 9 a.m.”
Step three: deliver the mail.
On a typical day, Neal delivers “thousands” of pieces of mail at stops in the Twin City. While walking just one block of Alabama Street in Bristol, Tennessee, on Thursday, Neal put mail in more than a dozen boxes.
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