What postal workers are allowed to accept as holiday gifts

Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 21, 2010; 6:14 PM

Looking to give a gift or tip to your neighborhood letter carrier or postal clerk this holiday season? Keep in mind that the U.S. Postal Service places restrictions on the types of presents they can accept.

Postal employees may accept gifts valued at as much as $20, but they cannot accept cash, according to a postal spokeswoman.

Gift cards for as much as $20 are also permitted, but the card must not be redeemable for cash and must be issued from a single retailer instead of a bank or shopping mall. Liquor and wine are prohibited, according to USPS.

The restrictions stem from federal ethics standards that prohibit postal workers and other federal workers from accepting large gifts.

The Postal Service also reminded people who wait until the last moment to send gifts that post offices will be open Christmas Eve, this Friday, with most remaining open at least until noon.

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