Postcode Anywhere, top suppliers of the “what’s my postcode” web service, are launching a “hug-a-postie” campaign this Christmas to highlight the importance of adding your postcode to all mail.

Which got me thinking – it really is a difficult job being a postman, isn’t it?  Just look at the job description from Royal Mail:

You’ll need to be:

  • The sort of person who enjoys working with other people, as well as on your own.
  • An early riser (early starts are likely)
  • Able to work to tight deadlines
  • The face of Royal Mail
  • Able to carry mail pouches up to 16 kg (35lbs) in weight
  • Able to carry and lift mailbags up to 11kg in weight
  • Able to push trolleys of up to 250kg
  • The holder of a full driving licence with no more than 6 penalty points
(Apparently they also “welcome applications from disabled people”… how will that work?  Not to be discriminatory but I don’t see any paraplegics on the trapeze)
This has led me to picture the ideal postie:
ideal postman

ideal postman

I still find it amazing that people will moan and moan about their postman and then make their jobs that much more difficult by leaving out the postcode.
Click here for PCA’s postcode finder.