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Mailman's Movie- Watching Pays Off in Bloody Rescue

Fernando Garcia uses idea he saw on the big screen to save chainsaw victim

(Newser) - A California mail carrier is being called a hero after his quick thinking helped save an elderly man's life. CNN and the AP report Fernando Garcia was wrapping up his usual route in Norwalk on Friday when he heard screaming coming from a nearby home. He hurried toward the... More »

Mail Carrier Admits to Fudging Absentee Ballot Requests

USPS contractor in W. Va. pleads guilty, confesses to switching voter party affiliations

(Newser) - To boost mail-in voting amid the pandemic for the June 9 primary in West Virginia, absentee ballot applications were sent to all registered voters. At least eight of those ballot requests ended up with unwelcome changes, all at the hands of a mail carrier who now says he was just... More »

Mail Carrier Killed After Writing of Feeling 'Seriously Unsafe'

45-year-old Angela Summers was gunned down in Indianapolis while on the job

(Newser) - A 45-year-old mail carrier and mom of a 14-year-old is dead in Indianapolis after being gunned down on the job. The New York Times reports Angela Summers was killed Monday afternoon while delivering mail, and a 21-year-old man has been arrested. One man in the neighborhood where Summers was shot... More »

Mail Truck Burns, but Carrier 'Saved Christmas'

Kansas fire department impressed by fast-acting mailman

(Newser) - Neither snow nor rain, nor even a fire, evidently, will foil a dedicated mail carrier. Fire officials in the small community of Osawatomie, Kansas, are singing the praises of one such carrier who spotted smoke coming from his mail truck and pulled to the side of the road. Realizing that... 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 »

Nothing Stops the Mail …Except One Carrier's Major Snake Phobia

'Snake-free zone. Could we pleeze have our mail?'

(Newser) - “Rain, snow, but not the snakes?” Fox 32 Chicago quotes Bill Hawkins as saying. Hawkins and his neighbors in Chicago's Rogers Park are having a hard time getting their mail thanks to the annual springtime boom in garter snakes and a mail carrier deathly afraid of them. A... More »

Desperate to Read, Boy Asks Mailman for Junk Mail

He says reading is interesting, 'Plus, it gets you smarter'

(Newser) - It all started when Ron Lynch, a mail carrier in Sandy, Utah, spotted a boy sifting through ads and newsletters in a junk mail bin. The boy, 12-year-old Mathew Flores, asked Lynch if he could spare any junk mail because he was looking for reading material; Lynch suggested the library,... More »

Hidden in Mail Carrier's Dead Mom's House: Mail

Kentucky man gets prison time

(Newser) - A Kentucky mail carrier felt he was a little too busy to deliver all his mail and will spend six months in prison as a result, reports the Courier-Journal . Authorities found about 45,000 pieces of mail set aside by William "Brent" Morse. "He wanted to speed up... More »

Cops: Lazy Mailman Trashed 1K Letters, Packages

Patrick Paskett charged with mail destruction

(Newser) - If you never got grandma's Christmas card and happen to live on Long Island, this might explain things: A mail carrier threw more than a thousand pieces of mail into garbage bins along his Massapequa and Seaford route ... simply because he was too lazy to deliver them, police say,... More »

Longest Mail Route in the Country: 187 Miles, 9 Hours

Jim Ed Bull has been driving the route for 13 years

(Newser) - Jim Ed Bull has put nearly 300,000 miles on his red Ford Ranger, many of them from delivering the mail. For 13 years, the 72-year-old has been working for the US Postal Service, and at 187 miles, his mail route is the longest in the country, NBC News reports.... More »

USPS Worker Ignores Body on Porch, Delivers Mail

Says he thought it was leftover Halloween decor

(Newser) - Neither snow nor rain ... nor a lifeless body? A family in Denver is outraged after they say their mailman walked past a body to deliver the mail without stopping to help, reports ABC 7 News . Dale Porch was returning from a late-night shift last week when he collapsed on the... More »

'Postman Santa' Wins Standoff With US Mail

Letter carrier who threatened to 'go rogue' allowed to don red suit

(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,... More »

Report Finds Theft, Fraud Among Mail Carriers

But also some heroism ...

(Newser) - The Washington Post checks out a watchdog report about the nation's 574,000 mail carriers and finds some doozies:
  • A Maryland carrier admitted to burning piles of mail in an abandoned lot and was sentenced to six months in jail.
  • A carrier in Cincinnati stole $10,000 in cash
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Mailman Blames Thievery on Rollercoaster, Dodges Jail

Disney's Thunder Mountain induced PTSD: lawyer

(Newser) - A British postman escaped a jail sentence by blaming his repeated mail theft on a rollercoaster. An August ride on Disney’s Thunder Mountain prompted flashbacks of a childhood schoolbus accident that killed eight and hospitalized the future mail carrier, his lawyer told the court. The flashbacks led to post-traumatic... More »

Dive-Bombing Bird Stops Mail in Canadian Town

(Newser) - Residents of a Calgary suburb will have to pick up their own mail, since it seems that a hawk in the area has a personal grudge against the local mail carrier. The bird, identified as a Swainson's hawk, started terrorizing the post office worker in June, once diving with such... More »

20,000 Letters Found in Missing Mailman's Garage

Some of the undelivered mail dates back to 1997

(Newser) - When a Philadelphia mailman didn't show up for work several days in a row last month, postal officials got worried. So they paid a visit to his home, little suspecting what they'd find there: roughly 20,000 undelivered and unopened pieces of mail, some dating to 1997. Paychecks, bills, and... More »

Postal Service Moves to Halt Saturday Delivery

Long-awaited plan would save $3.3B

(Newser) - The Postal Service will eliminate Saturday delivery in early 2011 and save $3.3 billion in just the first year of the new schedule, according to a regulatory filing. The cutback has been contemplated for some time, but today's announcement marks the first USPS confirmation of the exact plan, which... More »

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