Your online shopping addiction is increasing dog attacks
Your loyalty to Amazon Prime may be a boon to the U.S. Postal Service, but your loyal dog is another story. According to AdAge, our addiction to online shopping has had one odd and unintended effect: Dog attacks on mail carriers are also on the rise.
Our online spending sprees caused the USPS to up its evening and weekend deliveries in an effort to catch us when we're actually home. The problem is that our dogs tend to be at the door or in the yard when those mailmen arrive. Last year reported bites went up 14 percent, reaching a total of 6,549. The largest number of attacks were in Houston, which had 77. San Diego and Cleveland tied for second with 58 apiece.
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In order to protect its people, the USPS added a "trip hazards" feature to the hand-held devices used to scan and track packages. It warns carriers of potential dangers along the route, and that includes any troublesome pooches. Employees can also indicate where the nice dogs are in case anyone wants to stop by for a quick puppy fix. So if you've got an extra friendly pup, your Amazon orders could actually make the USPS's day a little brighter.
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