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USPS Finds Trash Bags Full of Mail on Employee's Curb

Pennsylvania employee is on unpaid leave

(Newser) - Garbage bags filled with undelivered mail were left on the curb for trash collectors outside the home of a postal employee in Pennsylvania, according to the US Postal Service, which describes such cases as "exceedingly rare." Special agents with USPS on Sunday discovered the bags holding "several... More »

Figures Show How Much DeJoy Slowed the Mail

On-time rates still lag, though postmaster general suspended his changes

(Newser) - Mail delivery was humming along, despite the pandemic, when Louis DeJoy took office in June as US postmaster general. First-class mail was reaching its destination just a couple of percentage points below the Postal Service's goal of 95% of the time. DeJoy, appointed by President Trump, quickly made changes... More »

Judge: Trump, Postal Service Are in Cahoots

Judge Stanley Bastian issues a nationwide injunction against the USPS 'leave behind' policy

(Newser) - A US judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them "a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service" before the November election, the AP reports. Judge Stanley Bastian in Yakima, Washington, said he was issuing a nationwide preliminary injunction... More »

House Votes to Drop $25B on USPS

Trump is against the measure, which is likely to stall in the Senate

(Newser) - With heated debate over mail delays, the House approved legislation in a rare Saturday session that would reverse recent changes in US Postal Service operations and send $25 billion to shore up the agency ahead of the November election. Speaker Nancy Pelosi recalled lawmakers to Washington over objections from Republicans... More »

Potential Snag in Mail Voting: Post Office Backlogs

New changes in procedure causing letters to back up: Washington Post

(Newser) - Mail is piling up at post offices, and employees are worried that November election ballots could be delayed. The backlog has been building since the new postmaster general and President Trump ally, Louis DeJoy, enacted changes at the Postal Service this month that were billed as needed to cut costs,... More »

Guy's Online Order Turns Up 8 Years Late

He says he no longer wants the hair cream

(Newser) - When the fifth season of Mad Men aired in 2012, Canadian man Elliot Berinstein decided to try out the Don Draper look and ordered some hair cream online. It arrived three weeks ago. Berinstein says he was surprised when a package from online retailer Well.ca turned up on his... More »

Michelle Obama Pushes for Expansion of Mail-in Voting

'No American should have to choose between making their voice heard and staying safe'

(Newser) - Michelle Obama's voting rights group has joined a new push to expand voting-by-mail options as lockdown measures extend further into election season. The group, When We All Vote, is supporting Democratic legislation that would require states to offer absentee voting to all voters. This is the first time the... More »

A Company Sent Him a Letter—55K Times

All that mail/bonfire fuel might've cost some $11K to send

(Newser) - Dan Cain was expecting a statement about his daughter's student loan. He was not expecting 55,000 copies. But when the Ohio man showed up to the Twinsburg Post Office, he was told his mail wouldn't fit through the front door, reports WOIO . Driving around back, he saw... More »

Cocaine and Bribes: How Atlanta Letter Carriers Went 'Corrupt'

16 USPS employees sentenced in drug trafficking scheme

(Newser) - Federal officials say postal workers in metro Atlanta weren't just delivering mail but also cocaine on behalf of drug traffickers in exchange for bribes as low as $250. When the gavel came down Tuesday, a mail clerk and 15 letter carriers had been sentenced to between three and nine... More »

Greeting Card Sting Ends in Postal Worker Plea Deal

Ebony Smith stole over 6,000 greeting cards stuffed with cash and checks

(Newser) - A Wisconsin postal worker has pleaded guilty to charges she stole over 6,000 greeting cards from residents on her route in the city of Wauwatosa. As part of a plea deal, Ebony Smith of Milwaukee admitted to taking the cards and pocketing between $50 and $100 per week. Per... More »

Palestinians Are Sorting Through 8 Years of Mail

Israel has apparently withheld delivery since 2010

(Newser) - Palestinian postal workers in the West Bank are sifting through eight years' worth of undelivered mail held by Israel, the AP reports. In recent days the Palestinian postal staff in Jericho has been sorting through tons of undelivered mail in a room packed with letters, boxes, and even a wheelchair.... More »

'Overwhelmed' Postal Worker Hoarded 17K Deliveries: Report

Aleksey Germash says he delivered the 'important' stuff

(Newser) - A postal worker who prosecutors say hoarded away more than 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail in New York City allegedly told investigators he was overwhelmed by the amount of mail he had to deliver, the AP reports. But officials say Aleksey Germash told them he "made sure to... More »

Mailman on Dug-Up Mail: 'Looks Like I'm Going to Jail'

11K pieces of mail were reportedly found in Michigan ravine

(Newser) - Neither snow nor rain can keep most mail carriers from their duties, but a too-taxing workload apparently derailed ex-Indiana mailman Kristopher Block. He's now charged with misdemeanor theft and felony "official misconduct" after allegedly not delivering 17,000 pieces of mail, the Indianapolis Star reports. What the former... More »

Knife-Stealing Crow Wreaking Havoc Again

This time Canuck attacked a mail carrier

(Newser) - It’s been awhile since Canuck stole a knife from a crime scene, so perhaps boredom had set in. Or perhaps the crow just has a taste for blood. Either way, the local celebrity in Vancouver, Canada, shut down mail service to several addresses in the city for more than... More »

After Mysterious Journey, 1914 Letter Found in Mail

It may have been dropped in the mail recently

(Newser) - When a mail carrier found a discolored envelope among his stash of letters earlier this month, a few things stood out, the AP notes. For one, the envelope had been slit open at the top, apparently by a letter opener, quite some time ago. For another, it had been mailed... More »

This Is the Only Floating ZIP Code in the US

Meet the intrepid mail boat of Detroit's JW Westcott Company

(Newser) - No home or building in the US has the ZIP code 48222, and yet more packages are being delivered to it than ever before. The New York Times has a fascinating peek at life aboard the country's only floating ZIP code, assigned to a nearly 70-year-old boat that calls... More »

'constants.stuffy.activism' Is Now an Address Here

To visit the US Embassy in Mongolia, go there

(Newser) - The Mongolian post office is replacing traditional addresses with easy-to-remember three-word phrases courtesy of a British startup, Quartz reports. More than 75% of the world's population has no address capable of receiving mail, notes Forbes . What3Words solved this problem by dividing the globe into 57 trillion 3-meter-by-3-meter squares, replacing... More »

Trump's Son Receives a Threatening Letter

Was sent to Eric Trump's apartment, with Massachusetts postmark

(Newser) - Donald Trump says he's got "many, many millions of people" behind him, but apparently not everyone is a Donald devotee. Someone who apparently falls into the latter camp took out their frustrations via his 32-year-old son, Eric, who is said to have received a threatening letter Thursday in... More »

Postal Service Is Sorry for Delivering Blood-Stained Mail

No, it wasn't viral marketing for a mail carrier-based horror movie

(Newser) - The US Postal Service has apologized to residents along an upstate New York mail route who received mail stained with blood, the AP reports. A Postal Service spokesperson for the agency's western New York district tells the Olean Times Herald that the blood was from a mail carrier whose... More »

Charges: Stressed Mailman Threw Out Holiday Mail

Another allegedly stole gift cards

(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... More »

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