Hillsborough mail carrier busier now than ever - WFLA News Channel 8

Hillsborough mail carrier busier now than ever

Posted: Updated:
Gary Stone says packages are the big thing now Gary Stone says packages are the big thing now
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FL (WFLA) - Gary Stone has been delivering mail for the last 40 years. He started when he was just 23 years old. He has mixed feelings on the mailing rush during the holiday season.

"The first few weeks I don't like it," Stone said. "As it gets towards Christmas, it starts winding down, and I really do enjoy it. It's a good time of the year."

A lot has changed since he's been behind the wheel of a mail truck, including the truck itself.

"I used to drive a Jeep," Stone said. "Then it went to an electric car for a little. I didn't like that."

Stone drives from the Forest Hills Station, and operates what the carriers call the "retirement route." He delivers mail on the "route of the stars," meaning, the ritzy Avila neighborhood. But don't think he's slacking off. The holidays are busy for every mail carrier. Even though fewer people are sending letters, Stone says, more people are shipping packages.

"Packages are the big thing now," Stone said. "Plus now people want to know where the package is from the moment it leaves until the moment the person gets it. That means more scanning for me but I don't mind. I understand it."

The 63-year-old isn't worried about mail carriers getting replaced by technology. He believes there will always be a place for human contact when it comes to delivering the mail.

"Bringing gifts to people from grandma and grandpa, you know the little kids, they love to get those packages and those are always good stories no matter what."
  • NewsMore>>

  • Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    Sunday, April 20 2014 6:42 AM EDT2014-04-20 10:42:36 GMT
    Pope Francis is celebrating Christianity's most joyous day, Easter Sunday, under sunny skies in St. Peter's Square.
    Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity's most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria that have targeted so many Christians.
  • Shootout in eastern Ukraine leaves 1 dead

    Shootout in eastern Ukraine leaves 1 dead

    Sunday, April 20 2014 6:22 AM EDT2014-04-20 10:22:49 GMT
    The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
    The Ukrainian and Russian governments are reporting a shootout at a checkpoint set up by pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine that has left one person dead and others hospitalized with gunshot wounds.
  • 4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal

    4 French journalists home after long Syrian ordeal

    Sunday, April 20 2014 5:42 AM EDT2014-04-20 09:42:34 GMT
    Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria have returned home to France.
    Four French journalists kidnapped and held for 10 months in Syria returned home Sunday to joyful families, a presidential welcome and questions about how France managed to obtain their freedom from Islamic extremists.
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Arcadia dog set on fire improving, could be released early

    Arcadia dog set on fire improving, could be released early

    Tuesday, April 1 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-04-02 03:26:55 GMT
    "Hope" was doused with kerosene and set on fire. BluePearl Veterinary photo"Hope" was doused with kerosene and set on fire. BluePearl Veterinary photo
    A 1-year-old DeSoto County dog that was set on fire is improving and could be released from 24-hour care to a primary care veterinarian next week.
    A 1-year-old DeSoto County dog that was set on fire is improving and could be released from 24-hour care to a primary care veterinarian next week.
  • Trending: World's most haunted island up for auction

    Trending: World's most haunted island up for auction

    Thursday, April 17 2014 12:17 PM EDT2014-04-17 16:17:05 GMT
    Poveglia. Image Wikimedia CommonsPoveglia. Image Wikimedia Commons
     A small "haunted" island off the coast of Italy near Venice will hit the auction block in May.
    A small "haunted" island off the coast of Italy near Venice will hit the auction block in May.
  • News Channel 8's set teardown and rebuild

    News Channel 8's set teardown and rebuild

    Monday, March 31 2014 2:04 PM EDT2014-03-31 18:04:05 GMT
    We're excited to announce the construction of a brand new set here at News Channel 8!
    We're excited to announce the construction of a brand new set here at News Channel 8!
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.