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Postal employee suspended for dumping mail in dumpster

BOND HILL, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- A rookie letter carrier was suspended without pay while postal inspectors investigate a pretty blatant case of wrong delivery.

The mail for several blocks in Bond Hill ended up in a dumpster instead.  The correct way of delivering the mail is door to door. The incorrect way would be door to dumpster, or post office to dumpster.
An apartment building resident in Bond Hill used his cellphone to get video Wednesday.  A Postal Service employee was caught special delivering trays of mail into the garbage behind the building.  Residents said there had been problems there before.  There was even a complaint sign over the mailboxes.

Tony Butts, a resident at the building, said, "For about two weeks we've been getting mail in the wrong mailboxes or not at all.  I haven't gotten mail.  Two weeks in August of 2014.  I had to call my cable people and gas and electric just to see what I owed them.  Yesterday I come to find out they've been throwing the mail away."

Postal inspectors believed only one person was involved, just this one time. The letter carrier has been with the postal service for only two months.

The person who took the video, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Local 12 he noticed something unusual besides somebody throwing mail in the dumpster.  He said he noticed that the person was not wearing a standard Postal Service uniform, and the truck did not have any license plates.  Mail in a dumpster could give a whole new definition to "junk mail."

All of the mail, junk and first class, was recovered and will be delivered.  There was also a chance the postal worker could face federal charges for delay or destruction of the mail. That will be up to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

 Postal inspectors have not released the employee's.

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