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Old 27 December 2009, 06:41 PM
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Comment: The "USPS" pledge of "Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail
shall keep the postmen from their appointed rounds."

I'm still not satisfied as far as whether postal employees do have such an oath.

Is this a real requirement of postal employees?
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Old 27 December 2009, 07:10 PM
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"Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" is the correct wording. A bunch of websites say it's nothing but an unofficial motto.

http://www.usps.com/news/2002/press/pr02_092.htm
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"Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds," explained Vice President, Delivery, Henry Pankey, referring to the postal tribute chiseled in stone at the New York City Post office and the Smithsonian's Postal Museum, former home of the Washington, DC post office. "However, unsafe conditions such as unshoveled snow, icy sidewalks, or even snow plowed against mailboxes can slow or delay delivery."
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Old 28 December 2009, 02:36 AM
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It reminds me of this -
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Originally Posted by Pratchett - Going Postal
'Neither rain nor snow nor glo m of ni t can stay these mes engers abo t their duty'
Don't arsk us about:
Rocks
Troll's with sticks
All sorts of dragons
Mrs Cake
Huje green things with teeth
Any kinds of black dogs with orange eyebrows
Rains of spaniel's
Fog
Mrs Cake
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Old 28 December 2009, 11:21 AM
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Any kinds of black dogs with orange eyebrows

an' extra for the editor supervisor!
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Old 15 January 2010, 03:13 PM
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In "The Postman", saying the oath was a way to legally make you a mailman!

Great. Now I have to rent The Postman again.

Trish "I think I'm the only person who liked that movie" DaDish
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Old 05 March 2010, 03:21 PM
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I don't know about the "oath" per se, but I know they need to add "nor power outages" to it if it is. We went nearly 3 weeks without mail service after Hurricane Ike - because the post office didn't have electricity.
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Old 23 March 2010, 09:02 PM
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I saw that 'oath', or something similar, in a book of humorous graffiti I once had. It was on a poster or plaque or something, and somebody had scrawled underneath "So what is it, then?'
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"Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" is the correct wording. A bunch of websites say it's nothing but an unofficial motto.

http://www.usps.com/news/2002/press/pr02_092.htm
Regardless of how you phrase it, how wonderful it would be if the window clerks in my PO embraced that same degree of alacrity in their postal duties
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Regardless of how you phrase it, how wonderful it would be if the window clerks in my PO embraced that same degree of alacrity in their postal duties
Don't worry about it. Another few years and the whole postal service will be finished.
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Old 13 September 2010, 02:59 AM
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First of all, it's not even true. In my 28-years in the Fire Service, I know of at least five occasions where mail deliveries were postponed a day or more due to heavy snowfall. Three of those "snow days" I was expected to (and did) drag my butt to the firehouse. I doubt if it was ever official policy.

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Old 13 September 2010, 04:21 AM
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I doubt if it was ever official policy.
It was, until the postal workers got a union.
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Great. Now I have to rent The Postman again.

Trish "I think I'm the only person who liked that movie" DaDish
Nope, me too. People look at me like I'm crazy, but I actually loved how serious those kids were about taking the oath!
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Old 13 September 2010, 12:17 PM
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I worked as a "casual" (a temporary employee) for the USPS in the summer of 1991. We didn't have to swear any sort of oath like that. Even if it was an official policy at some point, I seriously doubt that anyone ever had to actually formally take such a pledge.
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