'Postman Santa' Wins Standoff With US Mail

Letter carrier who threatened to 'go rogue' allowed to don red suit
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2011 1:39 AM CST
Some say the hearts of US Postal Service supervisors in Bellevue, Wash., grew three sizes that day.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – After getting some bad publicity, the US Postal Service has decided not to prevent a kindly, bearded man from wearing a red hat and jacket as he makes his mail deliveries. For the last decade, letter carrier Bob McLean had worn a Santa hat and jacket during the holiday season, but after a colleague this year complained that he was violating the dress code, supervisors told McLean to leave the get-up at home, the Los Angeles Times reports. Management relented after the story got nationwide attention and McLean threatened to "go rogue" and wear the Santa suit anyway. (Read more US Postal Service stories.)

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