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USPS Carriers throwing bags of mail in garbage.

Posted by on May. 14, 2014 at 8:42 AM
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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — One day recently, Al Gameos got mail in Wilkinsburg, but none of it was his.

“I got three different pieces of mail from three different streets,” he said.

On the Northside, Paul Pongrace says mixed up mail has forced people to become carriers themselves.


“People in the area are walking from one street to another street basically delivering their own mail,” he said.

But perhaps most shocking is Kevin Whalen’s experience: his wife saw their mail carrier putting something in their garbage can.

“So I came outside lifted up the lid and all this mail was in here,” he said.

KDKA’s Andy Sheehan: “He just dumped the mail in the garbage?”

Whalen: “Just dump the mail in the garbage and he actually made an attempt to hide it. He actually put it down alongside and under a bag.”

The Postal Service says if it’s true, that’s not OK.

“If that individual is guilty of what has been alleged here, he or she is going to face serious consequences,” said Tad Kelley with the US Postal Service.

The postal service here in Pittsburgh is investigating all of these incidents. But we wanted to know: is this isolated or part of a larger problem?

“Pittsburgh is a great city for service,” Kelley said.

The Postal Service says our region has one of the best delivery percentages in the nation — 97 percent. But since we aired our first story on mail problems in the city’s east end, we’ve gotten more complaints about lost bills, checks and important notices.

SHEEHAN: “You do acknowledge that you’ve hired a lot of part-time employees. There is sort of a learning curve.”

KELLEY: “There’s no question about it, there’s no question about it. We’ve had a lot of retirees.”

With less demand and greater competition, the postal service nationwide has shrunk from 800,000 to 500,000 workers. The postal service has replaced longtime mail carriers with new employees who are part-time and paid less. And many of the complaints involve the part-timers.

“They’re being trained and there’s a learning curve to this job,” Kelley said. “It’s not the easiest job to do, it’s a physical job. But it’s a job folks take very much pride in and there are circumstances where we have poor service and for those, we want to apologize and we want to correct them.”

The smaller workforce has also resulted in a consolidation of sorting center centers — another possible reason for misdirected mail like a letter mailed in Wilmington, Dela. to the internal revenue service in Hartford Connecticut which was delivered to a house on Beacon Street in Squirrel Hill. But Kevin Whalen says there’s no excuse for mail being delivered to his garbage can.

“I can’t say this is all the time,” he said, “but just for it to even happen once I think is once too often.”

The postal service says it investigated and the carrier admitted to throwing away the mail and has been fired.
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jcrew6
by Platinum Member on May. 14, 2014 at 8:42 AM
KD Investigates: Mail Problems Persist, Some Ends Up In Garbage « CBS Pittsburgh
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/05/12/kd-investigates-mail-problems-persist-some-ends-up-in-garbage/
VooDooB
by Platinum Member on May. 14, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Only a matter of time before snail mail doesn't exist anymore. Likely in our lifetime.

LTryon
by Member on May. 14, 2014 at 9:01 AM
We have a crapy mail carrier too. I live in an apartment building w/11 other apartments. Each box is clearly marked, both inside each box and outside. This past winter our mail lady was just sticking the mail in whatever box. Apt 1 got Apt 5's mail, Apt 11 got Apt 2's, and etc. No one got their own mail. Then right before Christmas she kept putting this one Christmas card in my box that was addressed to someone 2 buildings away. I circled the building number and set it back on top of the mailbox (where we're supposed to put outgoing mail), then that day when she came to deliver again, she picked up the card from on top of the mailbox and just stuck it back in my mailbox... So I took it out, wrote a note on it, and took it to one of those Blue pick up boxes a couple miles away... 3 days later it was back in my box... I tried calling the post office, but just kept getting a prerecorded message about inclimate weather. I hate our mail lady. Ugh!
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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on May. 14, 2014 at 9:14 AM
Agree. The entity needs to wind down.

Quoting VooDooB:

Only a matter of time before snail mail doesn't exist anymore. Likely in our lifetime.

pvtjokerus
by Platinum Member on May. 14, 2014 at 9:17 AM

How sad!

PinkButterfly66
by Gold Member on May. 14, 2014 at 9:50 AM
5 moms liked this

It is time to take the postal service back under the government.  It is a vital service that should never be run by a for profit company.  

jllcali
by on May. 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM
That sucks. This kind of thing happens periodically. I remember a big neighborhood brouhaha over something similar when I was a kid.
Euphoric
by Bazinga! on May. 14, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Crappy

MeAndTommyLee
by Platinum Member on May. 14, 2014 at 11:27 AM

It costs how much to post a letter these days and these dolts are too lazy to walk their route?  Give me that job. I love to walk.

Lisha77
by New Member on May. 14, 2014 at 11:32 AM
A lot of them have mail jeeps. They don't even have to walk.

Quoting MeAndTommyLee:

It costs how much to post a letter these days and these dolts are too lazy to walk their route?  Give me that job. I love to walk.

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