Video: A Portland OR mailman’s last stop is the most rewarding

Long before Dave Burgeson arrives, residents gather in the expansive lobby, sitting in chairs to keep an eye on the front door for the visitor who connects them to the outside world.

Although Burgeson is just a mail carrier, he receives a greeting worthy of a dignitary, the crowd applauding and calling out his name when he steps inside the building. He repays them by pretending to look startled, then smiling and offering a theatrical bow.

The receptionist – used to this game – goes about her business and simply places a sign on her desk reading: "The mail is here."

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    I delivered once downtown where they roped off the hallway so the old folks wouldn’t pester the mailman while he was delivering. At another place you delivered from the inside, and the old folks would be opening their boxes way before you were done.