|Tue Mar 18 2014 14:40:26|
Every Seller's Nightmare: Postal Carrier Caught Dumping Mail
By: Ina Steiner
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.