ALTON, IL (KPLR) - Alton residents waiting for important documents in the mail could be completely out of luck. U.S. Postal officials said a day’s worth of mail was dumped or destroyed by a substitute letter carrier. Eli Britton is a postal customer, “I think they ought to find a new mail carrier.” People who live near Alby and Lindenwood received letters the post office telling them to contact banks and credit card companies about what happened. Bill Gotlobb received one of the letters. He said, “You don’t know what you’re missing until somebody says your bills are overdue.”
The Postal Service Office of Inspector General said the substitute carrier confessed to dumping the mail January 23rd. Some was left in this drainage ditch, some in a field and some in a dumpster. About 200 letters have been recovered, none from the dumpster. Gotlobb added, “Frustration I would think, this is tax season so you’d like to get your taxes done, you might get a refund or pay Uncle Sam his due.”
In the letter the postmaster apologized. Officials with inspector general’s office said this letter dumping is unusual. Jeff Arney is the assistant special agent in charge in Chicago. Arney said, “The overwhelming majority of our employees are hardworking trustworthy dedicated to moving the mail to its proper destination and wouldn’t even consider engaging in any behavior like this.”
The postal service said any letters recovered will be delivered. The letter warned customers mail was lost over a 90 day period, that’s how long the substitute letter carrier was employed. Further investigation revealed she only dumped the mail on one day.