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Miles of smiles

This carrier enjoys every step of his route

Man smiles while wearing postal uniform and holding a stack of mail
Likkasit Siriviboon, a Springfield, VA, letter carrier, walks more than 10,000 steps a day on his route.

My name is Likkasit Siriviboon and I’m a letter carrier at Burke Branch in Springfield, VA, where my route includes both homes and businesses.

I walk more than 10,000 steps a day.

Before I joined the Postal Service in 2013, I was a manager at a busy restaurant. Customers don’t like to wait when they’re hungry, and USPS customers don’t like to wait for their packages.

When I’m delivering Certified Mail or packages that I know my customers are waiting for, I always knock three times to let them know I have an important delivery.

I’ve delivered everything — chicken, fish, diamonds. One customer told me he was expecting a package with a ring for an engagement proposal. I handled that one with extra care.

I’m from Thailand and came to the United States in 2008 when I was 27 years old to be near my sister, who lives in the Washington, DC, area.

I was always interested in a postal career. USPS has job security, good benefits and a good retirement plan, so after working in the restaurant business, I applied for a position at my local Post Office.

When I’m not at work, I enjoy taking care of my family. My son, Quint, is almost 3. He likes to wear his carrier costume; he wants to grow up to be a carrier like me. My wife, Nalina, is pregnant, so I’ve been doing more cooking, grocery shopping and getting the house ready for our own special delivery — a baby girl.

Part of my job involves training new carriers, so I try to set a good example. I look at it as having two families — one at work and one at home.

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