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Ohio postal worker caught throwing mail in dumpster

Ohio Postal Worker Caught Throwing Mail In Dumpster

Some Cincinnati, Ohio, residents captured video of a U.S. postal worker dumping stacks of mail into a dumpster Wednesday -- and they quickly handed that video over to local media.

‚ÄčWCPO reports: In they go, letters, bills, paychecks for people in Bond Hill.

WCPO spoke with residents of that neighborhood who were confused about why they didn't receive any mail Thursday. After the station showed them that video, they were shocked:

Alicia Carr: "Me, my stepmom lives here -- she's missing mail, my sister, some of my friends who live here are missing mail."

Calvin Harper: "I'm a little saddened because you rely on the postal system."

Resident complaints combined with that video prompted the local post office to fish the mail out of the dumpster so it could still be delivered.

In an email to The Cincinnati Enquirer, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service said: "This is clearly unacceptable behavior. ... The Postal Service's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is currently investigating this incident."

A select few postal workers haven't exactly given the agency a good image in the media the past several months.

Back in March, a New York postal worker was arrested on suspicion of throwing mail in dumpsters 15 times over several months.

Just one month later, WLEX reported a Kentucky couple's surveillance camera caught a postal worker apparently sitting in his or her vehicle while simply throwing packages onto the couple's driveway.

Although the Bond Hill residents eventually received their mail, that doesn't mean the postal worker is off the hook.

It's against the law for anyone who's voluntarily taken charge of someone else's mail not to deliver it, and failing to do so can result in a fine up to $500 and up to one year in prison.

The Cincinnati Enquirer says that USPS put the unidentified postal worker on unpaid leave, and the decision whether to prosecute her will be made by the U.S. Attorney's office.

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prnyl August 08 2014 at 1:43 PM

Her union will protect her and she will probably get paid leave out of the deal- nothing like government workers especially the minority ones for they hide behind their unions and the race card!

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MELISSA August 08 2014 at 1:17 PM

The federal government wonders why the US postal service is in such poor shape. This is a prime reason why the USPS is in the condition that it is in. This worker should be fired immediately. I'm a nurse. What if I didn't feel like dispensing all of the medications that I'm required to. I could just flush them down the toilet. Why is it so hard for some people to do the job they are being paid to do?

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Linda Jones August 08 2014 at 1:16 PM

I've never known a colored person that wanted to do an honest's day work.

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silverioteisco August 08 2014 at 1:54 PM

Guess she wanted to go home early !
She has a job that thousands of still unemployed people would kill for : fairly secure, nice benefits , decent pay , work isn't really that difficult ...and this is what she does?
Fire her lazy ass and prosecute her until she winds up in prison.

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TripleXKimberly August 08 2014 at 2:55 PM

Decides to Prosecute her?! What is to decide?. She did the act and was caught, on video no less. Just take action and be done with it.

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grandoiseau33nan TripleXKimberly August 08 2014 at 5:26 PM

In the United States we have the Rule of Law.

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rrllort August 08 2014 at 1:12 PM

And because of the Union, nothing will happen to her and she will keep some kind of job! Unions are bad news!

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Wolf August 08 2014 at 1:20 PM

If she doesn't want to do the job, I do. I'd be glad to have a JOB, that pays good and is steady. What's wrong with these people? I know, they can get fired and live on unemployment and welfare and stay home and have fun. Maybe its to easy to get paid for doing nothing.

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dgould497 Wolf August 08 2014 at 5:28 PM

That's what I was thinking. Why would anyone jeopardize a really good job doing something stupid? What was she doing rather than delivering her route? Postal jobs are hard to get and the benefits are terrific.

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steel_nuts August 08 2014 at 2:24 PM

Why is this a shock. It has happend before.
Over paid and under worked and still doing this stuff

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Barbara August 08 2014 at 3:25 PM

Come on people ! What difference does it make what color she is ! Only that she's guilty. There's good & bad in EVERY race. No wonder this country is so messed up.

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WESTTRK August 08 2014 at 1:13 PM

Yeah my X-brother in law used to keep all the newspapers and magazines, take them home and read them and re-deliver so he didn't need a subscription to anything. He also kept all the free samples that came in the mail.

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