Newspaper carriers keep the windows down despite wicked weather

CREATED Jan. 7, 2014

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MILWAUKEE -- Postal carriers aren't the only ones who deliver in the rain, sleet or snow.

 
This morning hundreds of newspaper carriers for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel layered up in multiple sweaters, sweatshirts and jackets as they headed out for their routes.
 
"I never thought it would be like this - ever," laments Lamont Ragland, who delivers papers in West Allis. "Even when we signed on - I never thought it would get like this."
 
Ragland goes so far as to say he prefers other extreme weather, like rain.
 
"Pouring rain you get soaked and then you got to deal with being wet and mushy. This you're wet, you're freezing all in one," Ragland tells TODAY'S TMJ4. "I would rather have tons of snow than this."
 
Ragland's only been on the job for a year. Kathy Goetz knows a bit more about the job - she's dropped off papers for 18 years.
 
"This is the worst," Goetz jokes. "I'm surprised we're even out there doing it. I was hoping we wouldn't have to!"
 
Carriers are upset the weather doesn't slow down complaints, either. Usually carriers get charged $2 for each complaint, butJournal managers confirm they waive those penalties in extreme weather conditions.