Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Postman suspended for anti-junk mail advice

"A postman who advised people how to stop junk mail being delivered to their
home could lose his job after bosses suspended him for misconduct.
Annies composed and circulated a leaflet about the Royal Mail's opt-out clause
for unsolicited mail during his rounds in Barry, south Wales." - BBC NEWS

Postman's Side:

The postie wrote and delivered a leaflet giving customers details of how they could opt out of getting junk mail saying:

"If you complete the slip below and send it to the Royal Mail delivery office, you should not get any of the above-mentioned unwanted advertising."

Royal Mail's Side:

A spokesman said Royal Mail delivered less than a quarter of the UK's unaddressed mail - officially known as "Door to Door items" - and that "if we do not deliver this mail then rival companies will."

He added: "Royal Mail's future depends on competing effectively in all parts of the market and that includes unaddressed mail, a service which is used by a great many firms and people, whose businesses depend on it."

My Side:

As a postie I hate delivering leaflets as well as junk mail, but as Royal Mail point out - it's an important part of the business and if we don't deliver it someone else will. Without the leaflets/junk mail thousands of jobs would be lost because we'd lose a lot of business.

I can see why the postie sent the leaflet to his customers - he wants less work!

But it's just WRONG to turn away custom - imagine if the shop worker told you to shop at another supermarket or the car dealer told you to buy your car from the competitor?

Royal Mail would be right to sack this guy for trying to turn business away.


  1. I added all of my familt to the Mail Preference Service last year (and the telehone one) and it seems to have stopped the problem. Alleluia!

    All we get now are the hand delivered ones from Mr Patel and his over-extended family for his pizzas, his taxis, his conservatories...

    I can see why this chap did his leaflet - but its not exactly hard to find out about the MPS.

    If I told a child to go ask someone else for help - I would be in trouble!

  2. True Ben, and if you told your pupils how to get suspended so your class sizes were smaller - I feel you might just get the sack!


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