Postman Buries 5,800 Pieces of Mail in Tire Pile; No Jail Time
Here is a story that is kind of hard to wrap your head around.
A Central New York mailman decided that he was going to trash 5,800 pieces of mail rather than deliver them. Who does this? This is so bizarre.
Tanner Brown, 25, of Cobleskill, New York, was sentenced in federal court in Syracuse to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, after previously pleading guilty to one felony count of delaying the mail.
As a part of his prior guilty plea, Brown admitted that between January 1, 2019, and July 24, 2019, while working as a postal carrier for the United States Postal Service, he intentionally detained and failed to deliver 5,833 pieces of mail. Instead of delivering this mail to its intended recipients in Onondaga County, Brown drove it to Sharon Springs, New York, where he dumped some of it in a grassy field and the rest of it in a wooded area underneath a pile of discarded tires. When agents recovered the mail from those locations, they discovered that much of it was First-Class Mail and that most of it was wet, dirty, and/or covered in bugs. The Postal Service eventually delivered as much of the recovered mail as it could, and Brown is no longer employed by the Postal Service.
Can you even imagine the number of phone calls that were made during the time this mail was rotting in a pile of old tires? Calling businesses, friends, the post office. How many bills were missed? How many greeting cards, invitations, personal letters? How many important medical messages? How many checks? And waiting for over 7 months! What a pain in the neck. And no jail time.
What do you think this man should have been sentenced to?
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