Skip to comments.NEED HELP - SAW POSTAL EMPLOYEE DO SOMETHING STRANGE
Posted on 04/09/2010 10:47:24 AM PDT by misharu
We have a new postal carrier who started a few weeks ago delivering mail. I have seen her park in a neighbors driveway several times and wondered why she was doing that. Today as I was working from home I saw her park in the driveway, open the gate to the yard, walk in and come back out with some sort of light -- like a torchier. (That was her second trip. I didn't have a good vantage point for the first trip.) So what!? you may ask -- the house is up for sale and has sat empty for deveral months.
I see no reason for her to be anywhere near that house so my question is: Who do I contact for something like this? The Police? The Postal Inspector?
Contact the police.
Call the police. They will contact whomever needs to be contacted in the Post Office, if necessary. Sounds as if it may be necessary.
That was my thought but I was so flustered at the audacity I was momenarily left not only speechless, but thoughtless as well.
Wait for another time and record it or take pictures.
Without a recording you really don’t have much.
With a recording you can show anyone you need what is happening.
That’s pretty much a no-brainer. It’s not like you have to fill-out a Form 2453-CF (in triplicate) and send it in. Via mail.
Is she black or white, hot or ugly, fat or skinny? All of that will have bearing whether or not they will investigate her. If she is affirmative action, no action will be taken against her...your time reporting her is wasted.
What state are you in? In Texas you could go “Joe Horn” on her and end the crime spree.
That does sound fishy, unless she the owner of the house?
This is unusual...?
>>>That does sound fishy, unless she the owner of the house?<<<
Even if that is the case (and I doubt it is) she still should not be using the USPS vehicle for personal use. Didn’t Cliff Clavin get in trouble for that once? :)
“Contact the police.”
agreed. This is likely theft.
Yes, we should all learn law from TV sitcoms.
Maybe the owners of the house keep getting certified letters...collection notices....IRS notices?
Maybe she is just tired of sorting out mail for addresses that no longer are occupied and she was ‘checking’ the house for signs of life?
In Tampa, Florida the police won’t respond to reports of theft from vacant bank owned properties.
“This is likely theft.”
Very likely - this is why we NEVER let the USPS “hold” our mail when we are out of town. I imagine a list in the local USPS that says “OUT OF TOWN BREAK INTO AT WILL”
She’s just picking up some csh for her trouble. LOL
The USPS is a government entity, so I believe it is out of the local police’s jurisdiction.
I just googled “report theft of postal employee” and the first website I got was to the Office of the Inspector General for the Post Office.
You can report your suspicions online. :)
I’d notify the police,being careful to say that she may have a right to be there (relative,friend of owner),but that you are concerned.
Wouldn’t the logical thing be to contact the owners of the house and ask them if their house has been burglarized? Just sayin’ . .
If you know the owner, you might contact him and let him know what you saw.
In addition to at least mentioning this to police for the 'record'; the homeowner should be apprised and/or the real estate Broker handling property.
It was posted that the house has been empty for some time. I didn’t assume that it is known where they are and if they are reachable. By the time they are contacted, it may be too late.
If it were my house, I would want someone to contact the authorities, just in case.
There is no reason for her to be in ANY driveway. Call the Postal Inspection Service. Carriers are not permitted to enter any private house driveway. Doing so would require the driver to back onto the street. A very dangerous maneuver with a LARGE blind spot. They are taught to back only when necessary and they are required to first go look behind them before they do. Something very fishy..perhaps a grow house?
Call or go visit in person the postmaster at the post office that serves this area. It does sound odd but it’s possible there’s a legitimate explanation. There may be abandoned property just sitting on a back porch, exposed to the elements, and if it’s been there for months, I wouldn’t really regard it as a big deal if somebody finally went and helped themselves to some random item of little value that they have a use for — it’s not much different from taking something out of the trash. But to do it while in a postal uniform, while on duty would certainly be against Post Office policy.
If the house is vacant there is a very high likelihood that it is a foreclosure. At which point the bank that owns it is the “victim” of the theft. It has been my experience that they don’t care because they have so many to deal with. I would suggest contacting the Postal Inspectors because this is more than likely a violation of the postal carriers code of conduct.
Maybe she is just looking at the house to buy it? There have been several times where I have shown a flashlight into a for sale house so I could get a feel for what the inside looked like.
If you see her again, why don’t you just ask her?
No. They operate under the same laws anyone else does. If what they are doing is illegal, the local police have jurisdiction.
The homeowner may not be reachable, and it sounds like this might be a foreclosure situation. But contacting the broker/agent would be a good idea. Especially if it's a foreclosure situation, it's possible the letter carrier had contacted the broker and asked if stuff left in back of the house was abandoned and free for the taking, or the letter carrier (who may be new to the area as well as to the route) might possibly have looked at the house as a prospective buyer, and asked the broker if she could have some apparently abandoned item there, and the broker contacted her afterwards to give permission. Even if something like that is what happened, I don't think the Postal Service would allow a letter carrier to do something like this while in uniform and on duty (though if the letter carrier can prove she had permission from the broker/agent, she probably wouldn't get anything more than a verbal reprimand).
Kristine A. Pflughaupt, 46, of Marion, was charged with public intoxication Nov. 3 after she was found sitting on the kitchen floor of a house at 260 Sixth Avenue, eating leftover noodles from Marie OKellys refrigerator.
I wonder if the postal employee will fill out a census form for that residence...
If they're a minority you can count on it...
Careful. I used to be a carrier and would lunch at my Mothers, My Grandmothers, My Dads houses - whether or not they were home(I was always welcome) -depending on what route I was doing on any particular day.
Nothing crooked going on and most neighbors knew me, but I’m sure it would APPEAR suspicious to others.
All right guys and gals,
Some of us deliver mail, quit the “all USPS letter carriers are bad” in fact we just erected a box for an elderly lady today who didn’t have the means of her own to put it up. I could have been arrested for helping out a customer if some one thought I was stealing her box.
There are some bad people in all of the businesses out there and remember there are some of us who care about our jobs and take pride in doing the best job we can.
This carrier could have had any number of reasons to be there.
I do lots of things for customers that might cause some concern to the busy body next door peeking out through the curtain, waiting to turn someone in.
If you suspect a lazy postal worker, call the U.S. Postal Service Inspector General’s Hotline is 1-888-USPS-OIG.
If you suspect a crime, call the police
This is a home that is up for sale and has been sitting empty...
This is a house that is for sale and has been empty for months...
OK... what’s a ‘torchier’?
call the police before she gets rid of the evidence
Why did you need to ask us?
I would just call the Real Estate Agent and find out if anything were missing.
Perhaps the poster can clarify if the worker was carrying anything when entering the property. But as written, it sounds suspicious.
Cahl duh pohlice!
Sooo... Let’s see. If the USPS murdered someone or was actually doing B&E and stealing stuff, that’s all for the IG and the locals can’t do a thing?
You’re not bad but I trust my dog’s instincts on good guys and bad guys. LOL /s
First of all, don’t overreact. Some of the posts on here are funny in all the things they’re imagining.
Yeah, she might be stealing something. OTOH, she might have stopped to look at the house to see about buying it. As to carrying a light, she could easily have had it in her pocket and taken it out to look at something.
There are many reasons she could have been at the house, some legitimate, some not. There are other people here who have suggested who to contact, but when you contact someone, just mention that it seemed odd. I would not speculate on motives.
Yes it is unusual, and MIGHT be an indication of illegal activity. However, using our fertile minds we could create a meth lab and house of prostitution combined with drug running when, in fact, she was dropping off a letter.
Shoot the postal worker on her 15 min break and see what happens.