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The Mailman who simply Burns Mails, instead of Delivering them to Addresses

Updated on February 13, 2015

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Is the punishment meted to mailman Richard Farrel enough?

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Misconducting mailman

RICHARD FARREL , 45, a Belfair, Washington, resident works in the US Postal Service as a contract mail delivery driver in 1991 up to 2010 when his misconduct was discovered

Evidences proved mailman didn't deliver mails

  • He was found out by the court to have destroyed or kept thousands of letters in his possession.
  • He simply didn’t deliver the letters.
  • Fellow employees have discovered load of letters Farrel had dumped in a recycling bin.

Law enforcers caught him burning letters

  • Investigators who have secretly followed him, watched him stay at a tavern, then went home and burned the letters in a fire pit.
  • His residence was searched and 8,000 undelivered mails were uncovered.

Farrel admits burning them in a fire pit.
Farrel admits burning them in a fire pit. | Source

Mailman admitted burning the mails

  • Charged in court for his crime, Farrel admitted burning the mails.
  • He had previously pleaded guilty to the same charge of delaying or destroying mails

Lazy mailman
Lazy mailman

Mailman hate the work

  • What cause Farrel to act in such an unlikely behavior?
  • Invetigators concluded that Farrel had no malicious intention of keeping the mails. He simply doesn’t like the work he was paid for

Mailman's lawyer proved in court why he lost interest in his work

  • In court, Farrel’s defense lawyer Linda Sullivan presented that his client who had worked for the government 19 years had fallen far, far behind in taxes and
  • that payment to his back taxes was being garnished by the government Internal Revenue Service (IRS) from his salary regularly, leaving him very little money to live on. This fact made him lost interest in his work.


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    • nick071438 profile image

      nick071438 6 years ago from City of Catbalogan, W, Samar, Philippines

      Hello!, Man from Modesto, thanks for posting your comments.

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      Man from Modesto 6 years ago from Kiev, Ukraine (formerly Modesto, California)

      Wow. Think of how many lives he upset. How many checks got burned? Refunds? Love letters that the sender thought were ignored?

      What a terrible thing! Of course he started to have problems in his own life... It's called the golden rule: "Do unto others what you would have done unto you."