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NEED HELP - SAW POSTAL EMPLOYEE DO SOMETHING STRANGE
Eyesight | 04/08/2010 | misharu

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?


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If anyone can give me some guidance, I'd appreciate it.
1 posted on 04/09/2010 10:47:24 AM PDT by misharu
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To: misharu

Contact the police.


2 posted on 04/09/2010 10:48:51 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: misharu

Newman!


3 posted on 04/09/2010 10:49:06 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: misharu

Call the police. They will contact whomever needs to be contacted in the Post Office, if necessary. Sounds as if it may be necessary.


4 posted on 04/09/2010 10:50:19 AM PDT by righttackle44 (Is Obama an Irish, Italian or Japanese name?)
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To: ConservativeMan55

That was my thought but I was so flustered at the audacity I was momenarily left not only speechless, but thoughtless as well.


5 posted on 04/09/2010 10:50:47 AM PDT by misharu (US Congress = children without adult supervision.)
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To: misharu

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.


6 posted on 04/09/2010 10:51:21 AM PDT by Eagle Eye
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To: ConservativeMan55

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.


7 posted on 04/09/2010 10:52:17 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
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To: misharu

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.


8 posted on 04/09/2010 10:52:44 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: misharu

What state are you in? In Texas you could go “Joe Horn” on her and end the crime spree.


9 posted on 04/09/2010 10:53:38 AM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: misharu

That does sound fishy, unless she the owner of the house?


10 posted on 04/09/2010 10:53:43 AM PDT by GeronL (There is only a "Happily ever after" for you if you're the one writing your own script)
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To: misharu
NEED HELP - SAW POSTAL EMPLOYEE DO SOMETHING STRANGE

This is unusual...?

11 posted on 04/09/2010 10:54:11 AM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: muawiyah

Ping.


12 posted on 04/09/2010 10:54:29 AM PDT by freespirited (I'm against a homogenized society because I want the cream to rise. --Robert Frost)
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To: GeronL

>>>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? :)


13 posted on 04/09/2010 10:55:43 AM PDT by Above My Pay Grade
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To: ConservativeMan55

“Contact the police.”

agreed. This is likely theft.


14 posted on 04/09/2010 10:56:45 AM PDT by meyer (It's time...)
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To: Above My Pay Grade

lol.

Yes, we should all learn law from TV sitcoms.

:)


15 posted on 04/09/2010 10:57:43 AM PDT by GeronL (There is only a "Happily ever after" for you if you're the one writing your own script)
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To: misharu

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?


16 posted on 04/09/2010 10:58:20 AM PDT by DCPatriot ("It aint what you don't know that kills you. It's what you know that aint so" Theodore Sturgeon))
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To: misharu

In Tampa, Florida the police won’t respond to reports of theft from vacant bank owned properties.


17 posted on 04/09/2010 10:58:28 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: misharu
Perhaps she is a good friend of your neighbors, and was doing them a favor (picking something up for them / dropping something off).

Regards,

18 posted on 04/09/2010 10:59:14 AM PDT by alexander_busek
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To: meyer

“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”


19 posted on 04/09/2010 11:00:45 AM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: alexander_busek

She’s just picking up some csh for her trouble. LOL


20 posted on 04/09/2010 11:01:41 AM PDT by unkus
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To: misharu

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. :)


21 posted on 04/09/2010 11:06:06 AM PDT by bearkat
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To: misharu

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.


22 posted on 04/09/2010 11:06:37 AM PDT by Mears
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To: bearkat

Wouldn’t the logical thing be to contact the owners of the house and ask them if their house has been burglarized? Just sayin’ . .


23 posted on 04/09/2010 11:07:52 AM PDT by AlanD
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To: misharu

If you know the owner, you might contact him and let him know what you saw.


24 posted on 04/09/2010 11:09:03 AM PDT by fullchroma (Obama: GET OUT OF MY DOCTOR'S OFFICE!)
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To: Eagle Eye
I wouldn't wait for 'another time' - you may not be there, for one thing and another. ..she has already violated - it would appear, her boundaries - and something may already be amiss.

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.

25 posted on 04/09/2010 11:12:46 AM PDT by cricket (We cannot allow t he 'man who would be king' to be one!)
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To: AlanD

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.


26 posted on 04/09/2010 11:14:56 AM PDT by bearkat
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To: misharu

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?


27 posted on 04/09/2010 11:17:53 AM PDT by halfright (My presidents picture is in the dictionary, next to the word, "rectum".)
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To: misharu

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.


28 posted on 04/09/2010 11:22:05 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: misharu

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.


29 posted on 04/09/2010 11:23:00 AM PDT by NV Lawdog (In God I trust; Everybody else keep your hands where I can see them!)
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To: everyone

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?


30 posted on 04/09/2010 11:23:48 AM PDT by chromdome35 (It's probably nothing)
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To: bearkat
The USPS is a government entity, so I believe it is out of the local police’s jurisdiction.

No. They operate under the same laws anyone else does. If what they are doing is illegal, the local police have jurisdiction.

31 posted on 04/09/2010 11:25:06 AM PDT by IYAS9YAS (The townhalls were going great until the oPods showed up.)
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To: cricket; misharu
the homeowner should be apprised and/or the real estate Broker handling property

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).

32 posted on 04/09/2010 11:28:03 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: misharu
Mail carrier found drunk inside Marion home (Cdar Rapids Gazette ^ | 11/17/2009 | by Jeff Raasch)

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 O’Kelly’s refrigerator.

33 posted on 04/09/2010 11:29:48 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: bcsco

I wonder if the postal employee will fill out a census form for that residence...


34 posted on 04/09/2010 11:30:40 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (VP Biden on Obamacare's passage: "This is a big f-ing deal". grumpygresh: "Repeal the f-ing deal")
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To: a fool in paradise
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...

35 posted on 04/09/2010 11:32:51 AM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: misharu

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.


36 posted on 04/09/2010 11:34:54 AM PDT by joethedrummer
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To: misharu

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.


37 posted on 04/09/2010 11:42:11 AM PDT by lucky american (If you think the Libs care about your health.....LOLOLOL)
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To: misharu

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


38 posted on 04/09/2010 11:42:12 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: joethedrummer

This is a home that is up for sale and has been sitting empty...


39 posted on 04/09/2010 11:44:18 AM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: lucky american
This carrier could have had any number of reasons to be there.

This is a house that is for sale and has been empty for months...

40 posted on 04/09/2010 11:45:35 AM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: misharu

OK... what’s a ‘torchier’?

call the police before she gets rid of the evidence

Why did you need to ask us?


41 posted on 04/09/2010 11:48:02 AM PDT by Mr. K (This administration IS WEARING OUT MY CAPSLOCK KEY!)
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To: bcsco
I have a few empty homes that still get mail.
Sometimes people drive by see an empty house and use that address for getting a credit card, hospital bills are also sent to empty homes. We do not know when someone moves in or out because they never fill out a “change of address” forms. They're just gone.
Certified, signature conformation and knocking to see if anyone has actually moved in. I occasionally look in on homes because a customer asked me to keep an eye out while she was gone.
All suspicious if you don't ask.
42 posted on 04/09/2010 11:56:16 AM PDT by lucky american (If you think the Libs care about your health.....LOLOLOL)
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To: bearkat

I would just call the Real Estate Agent and find out if anything were missing.


43 posted on 04/09/2010 11:57:40 AM PDT by AlanD
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To: lucky american
This is a USPS employee who is walking away from an empty home with something, as the story goes: "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." I don't know what a "torchier" is, but there's no indication the worker carried it in to begin with.

Perhaps the poster can clarify if the worker was carrying anything when entering the property. But as written, it sounds suspicious.

44 posted on 04/09/2010 12:01:27 PM PDT by bcsco (Obama: Hokus Pokus POTUS)
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To: misharu

Cahl duh pohlice!


45 posted on 04/09/2010 12:05:16 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: Puppage

Jerrrry....


46 posted on 04/09/2010 12:05:33 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: bearkat

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?


47 posted on 04/09/2010 12:07:28 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: lucky american

You’re not bad but I trust my dog’s instincts on good guys and bad guys. LOL /s


48 posted on 04/09/2010 12:09:24 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously... You'll never live through it.)
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To: misharu

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.


49 posted on 04/09/2010 12:17:31 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: misharu

Shoot the postal worker on her 15 min break and see what happens.


50 posted on 04/09/2010 12:19:04 PM PDT by Domangart
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