‘While You Were Sleeping’: Not rain, snow, sleet, hail, nor overnight hours can stop the mail

SAN ANTONIO – U.S. Postal Service workers are known for braving all types of weather to get the mail to homes and businesses.

They also stand up to time, working all night long to scan, sort and send out letters and packages.

“If I came in later, the mail wouldn’t be up. We have to get the mail up before the (letter) carriers get here,” said Steven Tiffany, a distributor who works the overnight shift at the Richland Hills post office.

Tiffany arrives at work each day at 2 a.m., a shift he worked initially to allow him to spend time with his children when they were younger.

But he says the benefits of it don’t end there.

“I get away from the traffic. There’s not as many people around here,” he said.

Part of his job includes unloading trucks that carry mail from the main post office on Perrin Beitel Road.

Most of it already has been presorted.

Tiffany helps to break it all down into even smaller groups, then prepare it for pickup by the appropriate letter carriers.


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