Charges: Stressed Mailman Threw Out Holiday Mail
Another allegedly stole gift cards
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2015 5:33 PM CST
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(Newser) – Two New York City mailmen—including one who allegedly trashed a bunch of packages after becoming "overwhelmed" by holiday mail—are facing up to five years in prison after being arraigned Tuesday, the New York Post reports. Daniel Darby started a new route in Queens on Dec. 2 but found himself completely stressed out by the increase in mail. According to court documents, he bought three garbage bags, filled them with mail, and threw them away. The New York Daily News reports Darby is estimated to have tossed 1,000 packages, cards, and other pieces of mail. Court documents state he also opened some of the mail to see what was in it before throwing it away. The bags of mail were found in a residential garbage can two days later.

Meanwhile, Brooklyn mailman James Hayden allegedly opened mail and stole 50 gift cards throughout the past year, using them to buy at least $1,000 worth of stuff, the Post reports. The authorities caught on to Hayden after a Florida mom complained to the post office that a $100 gift card she sent her son never arrived. According to court documents, surveillance footage showed Hayden using that gift card while still wearing his uniform. He allegedly even used the cards to have goods delivered to the post office where he works, the Daily News reports. According to the Post, Darby was charged with unlawfully delaying and destroying mail, and Hayden was charged with stealing mail. Both men have been suspended without pay, NBC New York reports.