Every day for the past 28 years, Eric Smith has delivered the San Francisco Chronicle to subscribers in Berkeley, California. And that means literally every day--7 days a week, 365 days a year, without a day off. That amounts to about 10 million deliveries.
Not surprisingly, Smith, 64, has become something of a local legend.
So, when two miscreants tried to horn in on Smith's tip action by inserting their own Christmas cards in some of Smith's delivered newspapers, their scheme was doomed from the start.
As the Chronicle reports, after 28 years of unfailing deliveries, people on Grizzly Peak Boulevard know their newspaper carrier. And they knew the return addresses and names on the bogus cards were not Smith's. Authorities were notified.
"I've never seen it,'' Berkeley Police spokeswoman Shira Warren told the Chronicle. "I've been here six years, and I have never heard of [a similar crime]. But I have heard of that newspaper carrier.''
Smith delivers about 1,000 issues of the Chronicle every morning, getting up at 2 a.m., hitting the road before 4 a.m., and throwing newspapers for the next 2 to 3 hours.
He wants his customers to know that his real Christmas cards will be going out this weekend.