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Mail carrier fired over dumpster delivery

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

The postal service says he was caught in the act, a mail carrier, accused by people on his route of throwing mail in a dumpster.

"Following a customer call we did discover that a former employee now, was disposing of mail improperly," said Susan Wright.

Susan Wright, Customer Relations Coordinator for the United States Postal Service, says, the mail carrier, who has not been identified, was a temporary employee.

"They were immediately terminated following an investigation by local management," said Wright.

Wright says the pieces of mail thrown away, were advertisements and that no personal information was compromised.

"I want to emphasize that all mail is important to the postal service and we protect the sanctity of all mail, at all times, and we take this situation very seriously, regardless of the items that are involved," she said.

Customers along the route were surprised by the news.

"I've never heard of a mailman throwing people's mail away," said Michelle Chenault.

Chenault and others said, bottom line, they should be the one's deciding which pieces of mail they want or don't want, not the carrier.

"Just to take it upon himself to throw it away, I think that's kind of messed up," she said.

A mother, and living on a fixed income, Chenault says, she depends on ad-mail.

"With the economy the way it is, some people need those coupons, ya know, there's great deals in them, they help out a lot," said Chenault.

The United States Postal Service tells us, they are not seeking and further disciplinary action at this time.


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