An Ohio postal worker was caught on camera apparently throwing away at least one tray of mail into a dumpster outside an apartment building.
The incident occurred in the Bond Hill area of Cincinnati on Wednesday, and the footage was uploaded to YouTube. See embed below.
Officials retrieved the trashed mail and delivered the parcels to intended recipients after complaints from residents flooded into the local postmaster.
A spokesman for the U.S. Post Office declared that “[t]his is clearly unacceptable behavior that does not reflect the efforts of the thousands of professional, dedicated carriers in our workforce. The Postal Service’s OIG (Office of Inspector General) is currently investigating this incident.”
The unidentified female letter carrier who allegedly delivered U.S. mail to a dumpster could face federal misdemeanor charges and has been placed on unpaid leave while the investigation is underway.
According to a postal workers union official, given the billions of pieces of mail delivered across the country, this kind of alleged misconduct is “extremely rare.”
Last month, as The Inquisitr reported, however, a Birmingham, Alabama, postal worker was caught on video allegedly tossing two packages from a mail delivery van down into a ravine in a wooded area.
Reporting on the Ohio incident, the New York Daily News explained, “It’s not clear how long the postal worker had been getting rid of her route’s mail, but neighbors reported having trouble with the mail for at least a month.”
It will left be up to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cincinnati as to whether to pursue charges against the employee in question. Another Postal Service representative commented according to the Cincinnati Inquirer: “Not every case is going to merit federal prosecution. The prosecutor has to determine how best to use the limited resources of his office. In many cases, the prosecutor feels the employee’s discipline or removal from employment is sufficient punishment.”
Given the postal worker dumpster incident, does it surprise you that a letter carrier would go postal, as it were, on U.S. mail even if it is an out-of-the-ordinary occurrence?