August 10, 2007, - 3:34 pm

Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor . . . But Wasps Will Stop Your Mail Delivery


Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

That’s one of the popular incarnations of the legendary saying about the eternal reliability of U.S. Postal Service Employees to deliver your mail.

But, indeed, nature has found a way to halt mail delivery. In Oceola Township, Michigan (a far-outlying Detroit suburb), there were so many wasps in one neighborhood that a mail carrier was stung repeatedly and mail delivery had to be stopped for at least two days. And residents, asked to buy new mailboxes, negotiated a deal to exterminate them, instead. Mail delivery was set to resume, today.
The mail carrier deserves kudos for persistence and dedication beyond what anyone would do. She continued to deliver mail last week despite being stung. She only stopped when her arm was twice the size as it normally is.

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