Rapid City mail carriers can’t always deliver, especially if there’s no access to the mailbox

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Monday morning, after a heavy amount of snow was dropped in the region, mail carriers headed out for their normal delivery routes. Depending on how mailboxes and sidewalks looked, many had to pass delivering the parcels.

Todd Jones works as a Rapid City mail carrier. He’s no stranger to the winter weather being from Indiana, and now, South Dakota, for several years.

There are times though where his job is made a tad more difficult after snow storms – when people don’t shovel their sidewalks or the areas around their mailboxes.

“We don’t want to do anything that causes us to fall down, break a leg, break an arm,” says Jones. “If they can clear the curbside boxes so that we can have access to that and then the sidewalks…that’s a lot of my route, is a walking route, so the clearer the sidewalks the quicker we can get stuff out to you, and the happier everyone’s going to be.”

There is no obligation for United States Postal Service carriers to leave packages or envelopes if they can not safely access the front porch or mailbox.

Yet Jones is persistent and is willing to work into the late evening hours to make sure all his deliveries are made.

“You know even if it takes me a bunch more hours today I’d rather get it done and be able to not have to carry it tomorrow,” he said. “If I can go up their driveway I’ll try and get them their parcel.”

Jones appreciates those who take the time to shovel out their sidewalks -ensuring prompt mail delivery.

“Thank you for clearing your sidewalks. Thank you for taking care of your dogs, so we don’t have to worry about them. When you do those two things. We love it. We can get our job done and we can do it well,” said Jones.

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