USPS Worker Has a Turkey Stalker

The bird chases Jeff Byrne's truck from house to house
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2019 9:10 AM CST

A USPS worker in Wisconsin is trying his best to be respectful of his stalker because, after all, "it's Thanksgiving." Still, Jeff Byrne would rather the turkey cluck off. "Our poor mail carrier has been dealing with this for a month!" Sherry Michaels wrote Monday on Facebook, sharing video of the bird running after Bryne's USPS truck on Tacoma Drive in Waukesha, per ABC News. The bird follows the truck from house to house, stopping next to mailboxes as Byrne delivers letters. The postal worker tells WISN that he first noticed the turkey over the summer. For awhile, the bird ignored Byrne completely. "But over the last month, he's acquainted himself quite well with the truck, and now he's started to follow me."

There was a close call last week when the bird "jumped up and flapped his wings," getting "real close to my face," Byrne says, per WISN. But "it's Thanksgiving. I can't say he's annoying, too close to his holiday." For Michaels, and many of the nearly 10 million people who've viewed her video, the whole thing is "so funny." "Maybe he is expecting his letter that he will be pardoned by the president," one commenter writes, while another suggests the turkey is hoping to be mailed to safety before he's eaten. Either way, there's tension in the air. "In the beginning it was, 'Get away from the truck.' But now I'm not even speaking to him," Byrne says. (Perhaps the bird senses the challenges of flying this holiday.)

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