Oklahoma City homeowners leave goody bags for postal carriers

No ‘snow days' for devoted postal carriers
BY PAULA BURKES pburkes@opubco.com Published: February 2, 2011

Quick. Give me a three-letter word in the postal motto.

The clue, coincidentally, was in an Oklahoman crossword just last week.

The answer is “nor.” “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Actually, it isn't a carrier creed — per the U.S. Postal Service website — but an inscription on a New York City post office, describing the commitment of Persian mounted couriers around 500 B.C.

Regardless, today's postal workers don't get snow days. Postal worker friends from my church worked their respective day and night shifts Tuesday. And a high school friend's wife, a postal carrier in Choctaw, not only reported to work but was asked to come in 45 minutes earlier than her usual 7 a.m.

According to my friend, some Choctaw carriers weren't able to deliver Tuesday, because NE 23 through Choctaw was closed.

Dionne Montague, spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service, said it was so hectic Tuesday that percentages are not yet available for the number of carriers who made it to work or made rounds. “They are concentrating on the safety of employees, mail delivery, vehicles, etc.,” she said.

Shannon Warren, the founding director of the Oklahoma Business Ethics Consortium, left a goody bag and thank-you note on her mailbox in northwest Oklahoma City, as did several of her friends across Edmond and Oklahoma City.

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