Thursday, February 21, 2008

Australia seeking fatter mailmen

Yahoo! News Australia Post had a weight limit of 90 kgs (198 pounds) for "posties" because its 110cc motorcycles had a safe working limit of 130kg (286 pounds) -- that's 40kg (88 pounds) for letters and up to 90 kgs for mailmen and women fully clothed. But after talks with motorcycle manufacturer Honda it was agreed the bikes could safely carry a "postie" weighing 105 kgs (231 pounds), said Sydney's the Daily Telegraph newspaper. But the "posties" will only carry 25 kgs of mail.
Why did they have to have "talks with Honda" to decide that it would be safe if the mailmen were 15 kg heaver, as long as they carried 15 kg less mail?

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