Bottles of water, thank-you notes, tic-tac-toe games, and plenty of tips for your mailbox.
By now, you've probably heard that the United States Postal Service is in crisis. The service is in desperate need of funding - which President Trump has opposed in an open attempt to suppress mail-in voting. And the new Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, recently came under fire for announcing big cuts to the USPS, which many believe he did at the request of the Trump administration.
As you can imagine, all of this makes it a tough time to be an employee for the USPS. So last week, a viral Reddit thread asked postal workers: "What do you need right now? How can we brighten your day when we see you on our routes?"
The conversation garnered thousands of responses from USPS workers all across the nation, both former and present. Here are some of the top-voted suggestions:
4. "Keep in mind the mail carriers don't have air conditioning in their vehicles. There was one [who died from extreme heat] in California in 2018. The collection drivers don't have AC as well, but they don't hit the residential areas for the most part."
17. "STOP YELLING AT ME WHEN I CANNOT FIND YOUR PACKAGE! We get mail from UPS and FedEx and sometimes it already comes to us all fucked up or they lost it...but we are last to touch it, so customers hate us for thinking we damaged the package or lost it."
You can check out the full thread of responses here.
Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.