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by Ina Steiner, Editor of EcommerceBytes.com
Tue Mar 18 2014 14:40:26

Every Seller's Nightmare: Postal Carrier Caught Dumping Mail

By: Ina Steiner

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If one of your packages went missing on its way to a buyer in Long Island, New York, it may have ended up in a dumpster. An agent for the USPS Office of Inspector General said he observed a New York postal carrier throwing away U.S. mail in a dumpster in Massapequa Park, New York on March 6th.

The carrier admitted to throwing away mail in dumpsters in the Seaford and Massapequa Park areas on approximately 15 occasions since December 2013, and indicated he knew it was wrong to throw away the mail, according to a court document filed on Thursday.

Among the mail recovered by the USPS-OIG were 1,018 pieces, including 144 pieces of first class mail, Special Agent Steven DeMayo alleged in the court filing.

The reason the OIG sent DeMayo to investigate:  the postal service received "numerous customer complaints about undelivered mail on the defendant's delivery route."

The New York Post talked to the postal carrier, who told a reporter "it was over" before he was escorted back inside his home by his angry mother. The Post said he faces a charge of mail destruction, "a felony that carries up to five years in jail."

Online sellers are ultimately responsible for packages arriving safely, but between "front porch shopping" (package snatching), mail dumping and other kinds of theft or sabotage, safe delivery is often out of their control. Which may be one more reason delivery lockers make sense for ecommerce, something Amazon has been working on for a number of years now.

Hat tip to PostalNews.com.




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by: LAbay This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 18 17:12:39 2014

I wonder if he scanned them as delivered before he dumped them.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Ric

Tue Mar 18 17:47:15 2014

Now we have proof that missing packages may in some cases be missing as the result of criminal acts by a mail carrier.

Who does ebay hold responsible?? Why the seller of course.  eBay needs to get a better grip on reality and review their policies of holding sellers responsible for the illegal acts of some Postal Service employees.

At the very least, sellers who had packages disappear which were intended for delivery in that zip code should be able to appeal any negative account strikes associated with those missing packages.  Sellers who may have lost TRS over transactions destined for this zip code should have their status restored and the effected transactions deleted from the double secret eBay seller policy record.  Equally as important, sellers who may have had their accounts suspended because of reaching the threshold should have their accounts restored as well.

eBay should be proactive and announce an appeal process to get out in front of their bad policy.

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 18 18:13:01 2014

I guess GRIFF ddnt buy him any doughnuts ..... or he wouldnt have done what he did! LOL

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This user has validated their user name. by: Basset

Tue Mar 18 19:44:32 2014

Maybe I missed it but I did not read whether or not he got fired. Will his darn-near-impossible-to-get-fired job still be waiting for him when he gets out (if he does time at all)?

Along with eBay's willingness to let sellers be held responsible for the actions of guys like this, what reeks is the fact that so many capable folks are jobless while this individual will probably have people going the extra mile on his behalf to make sure he is not fired if a little job counseling might cure what ails him.  

Grrr...

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This user has validated their user name. by: iheartjacksparrow

Tue Mar 18 22:00:23 2014

So what was this guy's reason for throwing away the mail? Oh, I bet it was so he could get back to the post office quick to eat doughnuts that small sellers brought in. Seriously though, if he hated his job that much, why not just quit? Surely he knew the problems he would cause the people on his route.

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by: rachel This user has validated their user name.

Tue Mar 18 23:49:34 2014

Griff's solutions are funny. He does not live in the real world or is paid to do otherwise to attract new sellers. There are many positives but his overly positive rantings create many malcontents and disillusioned people that are so proud to be a powerseller thinking they can become millionaires.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Wed Mar 19 06:29:26 2014

Basset, his attorney will likely announce that it was caused by work stress, the court will appoint a therapist and award him paid leave, and when he returns to work he'll get a promotion.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Rexford

Wed Mar 19 06:31:15 2014

I'm surprised that Griff is still there.  Isn't he a little too homespun for JD's taste?

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by: RCL This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 19 09:53:50 2014

Mail dumping by postal employees is a federal crime

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This user has validated their user name. by: Basset

Wed Mar 19 11:05:34 2014


Unfortunately lots of federal crime - much of which seems to go without  consequence.

Just a spot of blather in the news, then on to the next Bieber or Miley escapade.  

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by: Donkey This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 19 16:17:13 2014

Buyers will always blame sellers for post office problems.
Just got a negative from a buyer when the post office claimed incorrectly that there was postage due.

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by: Xander This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 19 21:52:56 2014

Its apparent that no one is surprised by this news. Look at how few comments this posting has produced.

I'd suspect this postal carrier didn't want to do a full days work. As the mail became backed up, he would toss it so he didn't have to actually deliver it.

The post office is not impervious to being lazy, this is for sure.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: elpereles
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Wed Mar 19 23:04:29 2014

Waooo! I heard old urban legends that postal carriers dump the mail. In special catalogs and promo stuff, but not everything.  

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by: ConnecticutGal This user has validated their user name.

Wed Mar 19 23:34:10 2014

Long Islanders must have some sort of fascination with their dumpsters.  On Christmas Eve, an employee of an animal shelter on LI was arrested because he threw a helpless puppy into a dumpster -- after he wrapped the pup in two plastic garbage bags.  Fortunately, the dog ate her way through the bags and some homeless guy was dumpster diving the next morning and found her.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: thehosst

Wed Mar 19 23:47:15 2014

Miami, New York, New Jersey, Dallas, Houston and Chicago areas have the finest lazy postal service workers, many good ones but the lazy ones are overwhelming, next time you send something, tracking it, and you will see. I have been told 2 times this week that in some areas, the USPS will be shipping everything ground mail, instead of what we pay for, first class or priority. I'm so glad so many things are being exposed now.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: thehosst

Wed Mar 19 23:48:50 2014

I got 2 claims in the last 2 months from 2 post masters, because of late USPS delivery, just to top it off.  

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This user has validated their user name. by: permacrisis
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Thu Mar 20 01:10:19 2014

In the above link, scroll down to the Franzen piece. While the real article has a paywall, this review doesn't.

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by: KathleenJohnson This user has validated their user name.
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Thu Mar 20 05:52:32 2014

Sadly, you only know "the crimes" that were "reported" in the newspapers. Else, it is dealt with and washed under the rug sadly.

I wonder how many "missing" packages it took to find out what was truly going on in that case and, also, if those holding the tracking numbers were kept in the loop.

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by: doboy This user has validated their user name.

Thu Mar 20 07:05:21 2014

As a former letter carrier, I can assure all of you the carrier will be fired.  He will never get his job back.  If he was hired under the Civil Service, he will lose his pension.  If he was hired after Civil Service ended, he will lose the Federal portion of his 401K deposits.  He will be able to keep his own deposits.

I can assure you, it goes farther than what you think.  I'd bet money, marbles or chalk he had an accomplice to retrieve the parcels.

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by: Tornad0sRul This user has validated their user name.

Thu Mar 20 09:25:50 2014

Bassett, there are pedophile tenure teachers so it is possible that he will go back to his job.  ;)

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