But just 2 years ago, management was singing the praises of Bee carriers. Here is Judy, writing in 2007:
I have been reminded of just how hard Bee carriers work. Due to our production problems, managers were out delivering papers this morning. I was one of them, and I'm proud to say I delivered a route of 210 papers.
I must have given one or two households a paper they weren't expecting because I ran one paper short at the end. Fortunately, the district manager, Steve, took a paper to that last house.
The customers I met along the way were gracious about our problems. Two dogs weren't. They went after me, and I jumped in the passenger side door to escape them. They went home, fortunately, and I went back to the driver's seat.
The other thing I learned is that it's harder delivering papers on garbage day, when the cans are out in front. I couldn't get close enough to throw the papers onto the driveway or porch. so I had to get in and out of the car, repeatedly. (Admittedly I have weak arms.)
Tomorrow I'll have sore arms... and a better appreciation of the carriers who deliver The Bee on a daily basis.
That was then, this is now.