What is up with these mail carriers? Delivering mail day after day is a tedious job that might even be considered boring, but you can't just bring it home with you and store it away if you don't feel like finishing your route for the day. Apparently there are a few mail carriers who did just that and one is about to faces charges in court this week, according to ABC News on July 17.
Residents along a route in Columbus, Ohio weren't receiving the mail they were expecting and when the postal system started fielding calls about missing letters and packages that were sent through the mail, they opened an investigation. The route's mail carrier, Charles Moore, was found by police to have thousands upon thousands of undelivered pieces of mail stashed in his home.
The Spread It reports today that the mail route covered people living in Clitonville and the northern University District. Too many calls came in from people not receiving their mail or packages who were living along this one route to be coincidental, which prompted the investigation that led to Moore's home.
Authorities found 13,000 pieces of mail belonging to the folks on Moore's route on top of his freezer at his home. This was a drop in the bucket compared to the mail he had stored in a bedroom and in his basement. Moore was charged with destroying or delaying the mail, which he did over an 18-month period up until the police searched his home in 2013.
He was suspended from his job, but he resigned shortly after that and when he faces these charges in court he will be looking at up to five years in prison if he is convicted. It is hard to imagine that he won't be convicted with thousands of pieces of mail at home not belonging to him. This is a smoking gun if there ever was one!
It's sad to say that Moore is not unique in his irresponsibility when it comes to getting the mail to the postal customers through "rain, sleet and snow. USA Today reported on a mailman who did pretty much the same thing with his Kentucky mail route. William "Brent" Morse of Dawson Springs, Kentucky stored almost 50,000 pieces of undelivered mail at his dead mother's house and in a storage unit.
Morse was also arrested last year and Dawson Springs Police Officer Capt. Craig Patterson, who arrested Morse, said he thinks the guy was "lazy." Morse was a six-year veteran with the U.S. Post Office as a mail carrier. Back in April he was sentenced to six months in jail followed by another six months of home incarceration. He was charged with destroying, hiding and delaying the delivery of the U.S. Mail.
The gig was up for Morse when the owner of the storage unit that Morse was using to store the mail happened to spot the stash when he left the door of the unit ajar one day. Inside that unit were U.S. postal crates full of mail.
Back in 2008, a Raleigh, N.C. postal worker had enough undelivered mail at home that would almost fill a tractor trailer truck. Steven Padgett was found with bins of mail piled high in his garage and even buried in his backyard. A meter reader tipped off postal inspectors when he found some old mail on Padgett's back deck. Some of this stash dated back to 1999.
When postal inspectors confronted Padgett, he resigned. He said later that he couldn't get all the mail delivered some days and that is what he took home with him. In this case it was all junk mail that went undelivered, but he was charged never the less. The people who sent out that junk mail spent good money to do that, so it was the same as if he had not delivered any type of mail.
Back in March of this year, a Long Island mail carrier was charged with throwing about 1,000 pieces of mail into a trash bin instead of delivering them to their rightful owners. While these are U.S. mail carriers, other countries have seen the same type of problem. Last year a postal worker in Australia had about 10,000 pieces of undelivered mail in his bedroom.