The U.S. Post Office and dogs have a special relationship and one that is not unlike that of police agencies and the general public. In both cases, service is provided to many people on a daily basis, and some bad incidents threaten to wreck it for everyone else.
Recently, a dog attacked a letter carrier in the 100 block of Montana Street in Rapid City. There was apparently an information exchange between the Post Office and the Humane Society over the incident, as there should have been. This is certainly not the first time a dog went after a letter carrier in our city.
Montana Street was constructed in the 1950s and many of the houses are occupied by homeowners. Many of those are elderly with one in his 90s, at least two in their 80s, one of which is blind.
On November 8th a letter was sent to all residents of the 100 block, informing them that they would no longer receive mail to their home mail receptacle, and that they could pick up their mail at the post office. Eventually, a community mail box will be placed on that block so that everyone will be required to walk down the block to get their mail. Problem solved. Have an employee who was treated badly? Stop the service. I get employee safety and I don’t condone vicious dogs, but to punish the ENTIRE block? Click here to read the Post Office Letter
Imagine if the police did this. We would have at least 90% of the city to which we would no longer provide a response. We could send them a letter stating since we had a bad experience, they can report their crimes to the front desk at the police department. Crimes in progress? Not our problem – after all our employees are #1. The customer is #last.
Come to think of it, the Post Office/dog relationship is not like that of the police and the general public.