To think it's no wonder Royal Mail delivery men get bitten by dogs so often.

(55 Posts)
D0oinMeCleanin Wed 16-Jan-13 14:32:04

When normal people knock on my door, in a normal way, my dogs do as they've been trained to do and go to their beds.

When the lovely lady from Hermes knocks on my door in a nice, normal way, the dogs go to their beds.

When my Dad knocks on my door, the dogs sense it is him and wait patiently in the hall until I let him upon which they dive at him with gusto.

When Royal Mail knock on my door in the way at only Royal Mail do, I jump so far out my seat I almost hit ceiling, Whippy runs terrified into her crate and Devil Dog decides he must protect the house from the person trying to break down the front door at all costs, including snapping at me when I restrain him to get him into a different room, before they attempt to kick the door in again knock again, which they inevitably do.

I would complain but I have a feeling bad things might start happening to my mail but it is really necessary for them to knock so loud it would wake the dead? Really?! I can't be the only person who has problems with Royal Mail couriers scaring them half to death?

alcibiades Fri 25-Jan-13 20:50:25

I feel sorry for posties and delivery people, they are under such time pressures these days.

We have a mail box (rather than a letter box) which is situated near to the front door. It's not a "standard" mail box - we had it made up by a carpenter when we moved in, some 20+ years ago, and it doesn't have any markings on it, though no-one, including random leafletters, seem to have difficulty figuring it out. That must be good for posties, because there's no bending down to fit things through letter boxes that are at the bottom of the door, nor wondering if their fingers will get trapped by strong springs, nor that a dog (or a cat!) will nip their fingers.

The mail box slot is long enough and wide enough to take a small Amazon package, e.g. 2 or 3 DVDs, but not so big as to permit removal without unlocking the padlock. The window in my den MNing room overlooks the driveway, and sometimes it's quite fascinating to catch a glimpse of our various posties - most don't have to even break their stride, it's like watching precision marching, and the one today just kind of stretched out and "flipped" the post into the mailbox (he's probably a champion darts player).

But, being more serious, I can understand your issue, OP, to a certain extent. It is quite alarming, for both humans as well as dogs, to have an unexpected hammering at the door. But I think you could go half-way to resolving the issue by having a doorbell in a prominent position and which is audible at the front door (and maybe has wireless repeaters elsewhere in the house). I would think that most posties/delivery people would prefer a gentle push on a doorbell rather than bruising their knuckles.

floweryblue Fri 25-Jan-13 20:06:20

We usually have the same postman, our dog is always excited to see him because he always gives her a biscuit. The other day I was in when I saw the postman's van arrive, I dashed out to collect the post from the postman to save him the steps into our garden. Even though it was not our usual postman, he still gave a biscuit to the dog.

I find that RM are the best, the most reliable, the most friendly, the most helpful of all the delivery services. But I guess we are lucky to live in a rural area with relatively few different postmen, so they know us and remember what is likely to happen at our address (if they can find us!).

Scheherezade Fri 25-Jan-13 19:57:14

My postie just opens the back door and leaves everything in the conservantory. If it needs signing she calls smile

honeybee321 Fri 25-Jan-13 19:56:05

Americans have the right idea... :-)

Scheherezade Fri 25-Jan-13 19:56:04

My postie just opens the back door and leaves everything in the conservantory. If it needs signing she calls smile

Emilythornesbff Fri 25-Jan-13 19:43:41

Ah poor postmen. There was an angry thread about RM delivery recently in almost the opposite vein. I don't like it when someone hammers on the door but it must be bloody frustrating to try a doorbell, wait, guess whether the bell works......... Knock with increasing volume (probably taking into account resident's hearing abilities and traffic noise) until someone may or may to appear as they may or may not be in to receive their parcel. Maybe we need larger letter boxes smile

honeybee321 Fri 25-Jan-13 19:22:39

The amount of pressure a postal worker is under to deliver their mail is imense, they only have a specific allocation of time... Especially new starters who are most often then not only temps, and walk a very thin line between being in a job and not.

That being said... sometimes they dont see the doorbell, their always in different places. The first thing they do, is knock. And knock loud and clear. Regardless of it offending the occupier of the property, They're cold and want to get home- without facing the wrath of their managers. Not only that but they are walking 8 miles, and dont want to be standing outside a door, tapping, waiting for someone to hear them- when knocking ludly first time will determine whether your in or not.

If they see the door bell they will ring, but after ringing it, they cant hear if its rung...-and there are sooo many broken doorbells? sothey end up knocking anyway... and then after delivering mail to 500 houses- daily- 6 days a week... they get into the habbit of ringing and knocking... just to make sure you get to the door as quickly as possible...

And if you notice, they dont even have time to stand and talk to you anymore, because every last second is allocated... and if you take an extra 5 mins, finding your house key, they're running over... not that they'll say anything... more smile and be patient...

so say what you want about you're postie... but each and everyone of them works hard.

Sirzy Thu 17-Jan-13 08:39:46

Considering how many people have doorbells which don't actually work I wouldn't assume that at all!

"He said it would be wonderful if someone put up signs such as 'please use doorbell, sleeping children', or 'please use doorbell, hearing issues', but they can't be psychic."

Surely if there is a doorbell then it suggests that the owners would like him to use said doorbell? Would you really need a doorbell and a sign telling you to use the doorbell?

mademred Thu 17-Jan-13 02:11:45

That may be the case from your dh depot but I can assure you that from where my dh worked in the south west it was very much the case.my dh only retired a year ago after serving 20 yrs on the job.and as you well know each office management are a law unto themselves in royal mail.we are so glad he's out of it because they get treated like crap now.

Our posties are lovely. The Hermes courier guy however.....walks past our front door, opens both locks on the side gate which bears the sign 'beware of the dog'
To come into where my GSD roams free, just to dump the parcel in the back door which is always open.
I told him not to do that and if he gets bitten its his own fault.

Bluebelleswood Thu 17-Jan-13 01:41:09

Our postman beats a tattoo with one hand whilst ringing the door bell with the other. By the time I get to the door, I feel like biting him myself.

D0oinMeCleanin Thu 17-Jan-13 00:43:29

If I thought they deserved to be bitten I wouldn't bother to restrain him and lock him in a room away from the front door, would I? I'd just leave him to it.

I would put a sign up but I live on a terraced street house in a non too nice area and one of the main routes home from the local 6th form. A 'Please knock quietly (although moderately would do)" sign would simply encourage people to start kicking my door in, in much the same way the postie does.

If I start ordering more I might have to have a word with PO and see if there is anything they can do, as it the companies I order most from use Hermes and I luffs the Hermes lady. I only get Royal Mail deliveries about once a month, once a month I can cope with being scared half to death. Not sure my dog can cope with it, but he seems to recover after about an hour of frantic pacing the hall eejit dog. He also has an issue with trees and wind <sigh>

BadMissM Wed 16-Jan-13 23:34:34

Royal Mail don't sue owners of dogs that bite Posties.... Dog Wardens are not interested as Posties have to go onto owners' property to deliver, so, is not the public highway. If posties refuse to deliver to certain addresses repeatedly they get in trouble, never mind the dog.

My DH is told to hammer on the door (town full of retired people), and they still ring up and make complaints because they 'haven't heard him'. He said it would be wonderful if someone put up signs such as 'please use doorbell, sleeping children', or 'please use doorbell, hearing issues', but they can't be psychic. They also very rarely do the same route...

That said, by the law of averages, there will be some Postmen who are arses, just like any other job....

Vagaceratops Wed 16-Jan-13 21:01:51

Mine always hammers on the door, then on the bay window.

You would have to be in a coma not to hear him.

He ignores the bell too.

Edit: I wrote 2 things and meant 3. Too many painkillers fuzzing my brain.

Actually wrt to knocking in case door bells don't work, two things,

1. I used to live in a 2nd floor flat, which was fairly evident from the fact our address was "Flat 3", we once caught a postie knocking on the door, we pointed out that the address was "Flat 3" and we were unlikely to hear the door, being quite a distance from it.

2. I've lost count of how many of them hammer on the door without even bothering to try the bell. Inevitably I'll get down to the door (have always lived in upstairs flats, hence the need for a doorbell, not a knocker) and say, "oh, is the doorbell not working?", to be told that it isn't and they've been ringing it for ages. Of course if I then test it I can hear, loud and clear, the sound of the doorbell.

3. The postie doesn't know if the residents are actually deaf, in which case knocking without bothering with the doorbell isn't going to achieve a hell of a lot. They need the doorbell to give a visible sign.

I totally get ringing the bell and then knocking. Makes sense.
I get knocking on the door quite hard. Also makes sense.

I don't get not bothering to use the doorbell.
I don't get hammering on the door until someone gets to it (aside from being annoying it can also be intimidating)
I don't get kicking the door (same reasons as above)

Most posties are great and are doing a hard job. But some really are just arseholes.

skullcandy Wed 16-Jan-13 20:15:56

She isnt saying they deserve it at all, what a stupid thing to say.

she's saying she isnt surprised they do when the way they knock startles peoples and dogs alike!

Preposteroushypothesis Wed 16-Jan-13 20:04:46

They will both use the doorbell and bang your door off its hinges! I understand they do it because people get cross if they don't hear them knock and miss a delivery but still tis annoying.

I am a childminder and my postie frequently arrives 30 seconds after I have painstakingly put all my mindees down for their nap, rings the doorbell twice and bangs on the door furiously like he's trying to alert me of a fire or something. All before I have even had a chance to draw breath. It makes me stabby

PhallicGiraffe Wed 16-Jan-13 19:53:05

Rofl, so what you are saying OP Is that postmen deserve to get bitten because they knock too loud? What an idiotic thread.

A postman knocks loud because he wants to deliver the packet. Doorbells mostly don't work - knocking is the only way to be sure of being heard. If you have psychotic aggressive biting dogs, then that is YOUR problem to sort out.

FloatyBeatie Wed 16-Jan-13 19:32:37

I'm really grateful to my postman. He is always good-natured about the fact that my terrier curses him in seven dialects of shouting dog; he always takes the extra trouble to make sure I get packages; and he is always smiling.

Postal workers often get a hard time from their employers and I'd hate to add to my postie's troubles. I would feel mortified if my dog ever nipped him.

TinyDancingHoofer Wed 16-Jan-13 19:30:26

I'm hearing impaired so quite happy with my loud knocking postie. You can get please knock quietly signs.

mademred Wed 16-Jan-13 19:22:31

My dh was medically retired from rm after almost 20yrs service.he was never told to knock loud but to obviously deliver all he could.as for dogs biting them, a postie can refuse to deliver to that address until the dog is secure , and the owner would need to collect the post from the post office.royal mail also sue the owners of dogs if their employees get bitten.after all they are doing a job we all take for granted for rubbish pay and now longer hours in all kinds of weather and as my dh is finding out, with long term affects on health.( knackered knees)!

Ambrosiacreamedrice Wed 16-Jan-13 19:22:12

My postman makes my porch shake when he bangs. Just before Christmas I was shaken awake at 7:20 am on a Saturday by the knocking, only to find he had a parcel for next door he wanted to leave. I was not impressed that he'd nearly knocked the front of my house for that.

digerd Wed 16-Jan-13 19:02:33

I shall never forget the episode I had in Germany30 years ago. Postie had to come into garden as he had a big parcel for me which I had to sign for. Didn't see him coming and my Dachshund was outside at the back. I was alerted by the dog's barking, so went outside.
Postie was doing the kicking Can Can low down as dog has short legs but a big muzzle and big teeth shouting " Go away" hysterically. the more aggressive Postie got the more aggressive dog got. So I bent down to pick up dog and got kicked by Postle on my Thumb joint, which swelled up, and still swollen 30 years on, but not painful just stiff now.

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