Had a summer job with USPS back in college. I did see this behavior on
occasion, but no gorillas jumping on packages. Back in the day of hand
sorting, bags were arrayed in rows with the sorter in front, tossing
packages into the correct bag. Sometimes they missed, but there was no way
to retrieve the misrouted package without disrupting the operation, so I
guess some things went on longer rides than they should have! - Barry

- So many mites, so little time!

Barry M. OConnor
Professor and Curator
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Museum of Zoology
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Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1079 USA
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On Jun 8, 2015, at 6:47 PM, Michael A. Ivie <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

 We stopped doing it long ago, as I observed first hand a postal person
saying "oh, fragile" and then going a hook shot into the bin.


On 6/8/2015 4:42 PM, Derek Sikes wrote:


 This disturbing news recently crossed my desk:

"One disheartening result was that our package received more abuse when
marked "Fragile" or "This Side Up." The carriers flipped the package

 Has anyone considered NOT marking boxes of specimens 'fragile' ???



Derek S. Sikes, Curator of Insects
Associate Professor of Entomology
University of Alaska Museum
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Fairbanks, AK   99775-6960

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