'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.