Carrier care addresses high blood pressure scare

Ellsworth, KS, City Carrier Chad Petz

Ellsworth, KS, City Carrier Chad Petz

While Ellsworth, KS, City Carrier Chad Petz delivered along his route, he encountered a customer that appeared less than well.

Petz approached the individual and asked about his condition. When the man relayed his blood pressure readings, Petz knew the customer needed assistance.

Fearing the customer’s health was in jeopardy, Petz called for an ambulance and waited with the man until it arrived. As they waited, the customer told Petz that he didn’t have a phone, so he waited for his mail carrier to show up in the hope that he could offer assistance.

“Chad is a great employee and I am proud of his response that day,” said Postmaster Karen Goddard. “He reacted calmly and quickly. This customer was lucky to have Chad at his doorstep to call for help.”

Make the Smart Choice

Make the smart choice

Distractions while driving can go beyond fiddling with a phone, eating a sandwich or adjusting a radio station. It could also include tending to a sudden shift of items inside the vehicle.

When something moves out of place such as a phone dropping to the floor, don’t take your eyes off the road to deal with the problem. Pull over to a safe area, put the vehicle in park and switch off the ignition. Only then should someone attempt to clean up a spill, pick up a dropped item, or manipulate shifted objects.

A momentary distraction while driving can cause a serious accident, no matter what that distraction is. Also, remember to always wear a seat belt. Even though you may avoid distractions while driving, another driver may not.

Smart choices can help save lives, and it’s up to you to make the choice to stay safe. Avoid distracted driving and always wear a seat belt to substantially lower the risk of death or injury while inside a vehicle.

Scammers Grab More Than Attention Through the Phone

Scammers grab more than attention

Scammers have been used the telephone to try and get money from victims for many years. While the tricks of the trade may change over time, the information they request usually remains the same.

Millions of people are contacted every day through voice and text messages from people offering a free vacation, free funding, free gift cards, and many other tempting treats. Some may be legitimate offers, but other are not. How can you tell the difference?

One of the ways a scammer will convince a victim to release their money is by putting them under pressure. Pushing a person to make a quick decision removes the possibility of mulling over the value and legitimacy of the offer. Always take your time to make the best decision possible. If the “value” of the offer can’t wait for you to think it over, then don’t take the deal.

A scammer will always ask for a way to access your financial info or personal data, even with a free prize. They might ask you to pay the taxes and fees associated with your prize, or for information such as your social security number and birth date to enroll in a free offer. Don’t fall for it. Ask for them to send you the related documents in the mail. If it’s a legitimate offer, there should be no problem with that request, and don’t let them convince you otherwise.

Scammers will almost always make their offer too good to be true. Remember the old saying, “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” If someone is offering you a fabulous prize for a brief survey, and then requests your credit card number to pay for the fees associated with it, don’t do it. They’ll likely max out your card and laugh all the way to the bank, leaving you with no prize and a hefty bill.

Keep in mind that while scammers are more likely to call your personal phone, they can also call your work number too. Business phones aren’t exempt from a scammers calling list, so be aware of the possibility and limit what information you provide over the phone.

The unscrupulous few in the population that want what you have will try everything they can to get it. Don’t be fooled. Keep your information safe to keep them out business.

Transparent Mail

When cell phones were first released many years ago, could anyone have envisioned the capabilities they would eventually offer its users? Many businesses have been quick to jump onto the digital screens of these mobile devices as their many functions continue to increase in leaps and bounds. One of those businesses is one we’re all familiar with.

The Postal Service is already on the screens of many cell phones around the country through the USPS Mobile App. Another digital possibility is the addition of text messaging services when mail is delivered to someone’s home. With this option, mail recipients could receive a message with information on what’s inside their mailboxes.

This potential service could provide transparency into the contents of someone’s mailbox without having to leave one’s home or office to do it.

Do you think this would be a popular option with cell phone users?

A Call for More Revenue

Diversification is seen as a way for businesses to ensure future success by making more products and services available to more customers. Postal Services around the world have been introducing many new products and services not typically associated with the business of delivering mail to accomplish this very idea. One of the latest opportunities is cellular phone service.

Correios, Brazil’s Postal Service, is working on a business plan to buy airtime from other cellular phone providers and resell it to their own customers. The organization seeks to use its strong brand name to introduce the new service and generate an additional source of revenue. It’s a move that’s currently in the development stage of production, but has potential if it comes to fruition.

Do you think USPS could offer cellular services in the United States?

Would You Like Any Travel Insurance with Your Purchase?

This is a question you might be asked when visiting a post office in New Zealand. Besides the usual lineup of postal services, customers can take advantage of a few more conveniences typically reserved for other government and corporate enterprises.

New Zealand (NZ) Post is one of many postal organizations around the world looking to expand their business, adding a variety of complimentary services and products to their more traditional post lineup. These contributions to the bottom line typically offer convenience for the customer in the form of a one-stop shopping experience. In addition to purchasing a book of stamps, customer can register their vehicle, buy travel insurance, exchange foreign currency, buy an international “travelSIM” card for their phone, or pick up a calling card.

Although the extras offered by NZ Post are helping their bottom line, they recently implemented a postage rate increase of 15 percent to bring delivery revenue in line with the cost to carry the item.

Do you think these are possible services the USPS could implement?

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