August 8, 2008

Letter Carriers Aren’t Ready to Carry Off This Fashion Effort


By Dan Catchpole

The Associated Press


A 6-foot-tall, 250-pound letter carrier is campaigning for the U.S. Postal Service to add kilts as a uniform option for men.

Dean Peterson's idea was defeated in July at a convention in Boston of his union, the 220,000-member National Letter Carriers' Association. He knows persuading management will be an uphill struggle, but at least he'll be comfortable in his kilt, or Male Unbifurcated Garment.

With his build, Peterson said, his thighs fill slacks to capacity, causing chafing and scarring.

Peterson began wearing kilts a couple of years ago when his wife brought one back from a trip to Scotland. (A spokeswoman for Britain's Royal Mail said kilts are not allowed as part of its letter carrier uniforms.)

Now Peterson wears them everywhere - to his son's football games and while shopping or gardening.

Before the convention, Peterson spent his family's $1,800 economic stimulus tax rebate to mail about 1,000 letters and photographs of himself wearing a prototype Postal Service kilt to union branches in every state, Guam and Puerto Rico.

"Unbifurcated Garments are far more comfortable and suitable to male anatomy than trousers or shorts because they don't confine the legs or cramp the male genitals ," he wrote. "Please open your hearts - and inseams - for an option in mail carrier comfort!"

The union's executive committee recommended disapproval .

" I'm taking this to the next convention in 2010 in Anaheim, Calif.," Peterson said.

Originally published by BY DAN CATCHPOLE.

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