1. a. Materials, such as letters and packages, handled in a postal system.
b. Postal material for a specific person or organization.
As reported by the Los Angeles Times…
For the past seven years a mailman in Apex, North Carolina, stopped delivering junk mail.
“It should come as no surprise that the U.S. Postal Service did not receive a single complaint from customers about missing mail during the years he withheld pizza circulars, oil change discount notices and Chinese menus.”
It should be noted that the mailman did, however, deliver first class mail such as letters and bills.
The Direct Marketing Association, the entity behind all that stuff, weren’t pleased with the mailman’s heroic efforts. Sandy Cutts, the associations public affairs director, insists that people stop calling it “junk mail.” When asked what the “mail” should be called she shouted, “This press conference if over! You have two minutes to vacate the premises before we fling sharp-edged cardstock that will cut you up!”
The United States Postal Service spokesman David Partenheimer said more calmly, “We don’t consider it junk mail.” Which makes sense because this “mail” accounts for half the volume of U.S. mail and a third of the service’s revenue.
However, if “mail” from the Direct Marketing Association were banned, the USPS would be forced to layoff a considerable amount of it’s work force. In doing so, their operating costs would drop significantly and make up for the lack of revenue from the DMA.
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