U.S. Postal Service employee Patrick Paskett, 24, was arrested last week after dozens of customers complained about missing packages and letters, CBS New York reported. It turns out that Paskett had been tossing thousands of pieces of mail -- including essentials like bills and paychecks -- into dumpsters around Long Island.
The motive? According to federal agents, Paskett couldn't be bothered to complete his deliveries in the snow. So much for "neither snow nor rain, nor gloom of night."
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According to the New York Post, special agent Steven DeMayo tailed Paskett following the complaints, and caught him heaving stacks of mail into a trash bin in Massapequa Park. When questioned, Paskett admitted that he'd thrown out mail at least 15 times between December and March.
"It's pretty upsetting," Massapequa Park resident Jeff Felicetti told CBS New York. While most of the trashed deliveries have most likely been moved to landfills, agents still recovered over 1000 pieces of mail, including 144 pieces of first class mail.
Paskett faces charges of mail destruction, a felony that carries up to five years in jail. "I really don't want to talk about this with anyone," he told the Post outside his home in Massapequa Park, where he lives with his parents. "It happened. I resigned. I don't work for them anymore. It's over."
For now, though, Paskett is still employed by the postal service pending the outcome of the charges, a USPS spokeswoman said. But don't worry--he's no longer delivering mail.
Believe it or not, this isn't the first time this has happened in the past year.
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