Postal worker fired after caught tossing mail into Bond Hill dumpster

Unknown if she will face charges

CINCINNATI -- The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) worker who tossed mail into a dumpster in Bond Hill last week has been fired, officials said.

The female worker, who has not been identified, was caught on video on Aug. 6 disposing of several letters, paychecks and notices instead of delivering them. She was terminated from her position with USPS on Aug. 8.

USPS Office of Inspector General Special Agent Scott Balfour said he believes all the mail has since been recovered and delivered.

It is unknown at this time if she will face charges.

Authorities said a property manager and several nearby residents saw the worker toss the tray of mail into a dumpster in the 4800 block of Paddock Road, just off Norwood Lateral Parkway. 

Neighbors one street away from the dumpster said they wondered why their mail never showed up.

Alicia Carr said her stepmother, her sister and her friends complained about missing mail.

"People missing out on bills, missing out on letters, it could be just anything, anything important and necessary you're missing out on because (a postal worker is) doing stuff like that," Carr said. "It's crazy."

Calvin Harper lives nearby, and said his mail was not delivered on Augu. 6.

"I'm a little saddened by it because you rely on the postal system and they've failed you," Harper said.

Residents on Paddock who caught the woman on camera said the USPS came to the dumpster after hearing the complaint and retrieved the mail from the trash.

The postal worker in the video did not carry mail for her usual route in Bond Hill after the incident, and a male worker said he was filling in.

“This is clearly unacceptable behavior that does not reflect the efforts of the thousands of professional, dedicated carriers in our workforce," USPS spokesman David Van Allen said.

According to the building supervisor, the video brought the act to the attention of residents. Without the video, he said it may have gone unnoticed.

Ohio Postal Workers Union (OPWU) president Terry Grant said the worker's apparent disposal of mail is uncommon, but has happened before.

He said the video, as he saw it, is clear as day.

"It's an extremely rare thing," Grant said. "I can't say it doesn't happen because it does, but when you look at the numbers the billions of pieces of mail delivered and the number of cases, it's really really low."

On Aug. 7, Carr and Harper finally got their mail, but said they lacked satisfaction.

"It's just unacceptable," Carr said. "Something needs to be done about that. (There are) people missing out on bills, and all type of stuff."

Officials said last week possible charges against the postal worker are federal misdemeanors for deserting mail and delaying mail delivery.

WATCH the player above to see raw video of the incident.

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