KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Cameras in the area of 45th and Garfield caught a mail carrier in the act of dumping mail Thursday afternoon.
Alan Ashurst, a Kansas City codes inspector noticed the bundles of discarded mail that look to be pitched down a hill there.
‘I looked on the other side of this hill,’ said Ashurst. ‘I realized he’d been dumping bundles and bundles of junk mail down the side of this hill.’
Once the mail carrier is identified, Ashurst says he plans to issue two citations. The citations will be in addition to any discipline the U.S. Postal Service decides to issue.
“Illegal dumping is extremely common,” said Ashurst. It’s uncommon to find a postal carrier doing it.”
The postal service issued a statement about the allegations. Scroll down after the pictures to read it.
Statement from Jeffry Krafels
Deputy Special Agent in Charge
Western Area Field Office
United States Postal Service
The United States Postal Service Office of Inspector General (USPS OIG) does handle investigations related to Postal Employees. Our KCMO Field Office is aware of this complaint and because it is an ongoing investigation, no additional information will be released at this time.
The USPS OIG considers the aforementioned allegations to be a very serious matter. When these types of allegations are made, USPS OIG Special Agents vigorously investigate these matters, as we did in this instance. It is important to note that an allegation is merely an accusation. All persons are presumed innocent unless otherwise adjudicated by a court of law.
The U.S. Postal Service employs more than 625,113 employees and is the largest civilian federal workforce in the country. This type of alleged behavior within the Postal Service is not tolerated and the overwhelming majority of Postal Service employees, which serve the public, are honest, hardworking, and trustworthy individuals.
At this time, no additional information related to this investigation is available for public release due to Privacy Act considerations and the ongoing status of the USPS OIG’s investigation.
As information, regarding specific actions taken with specific Postal Service employees, the Privacy Act of 1974 prohibits the Postal Service from disclosing this information. It is the policy of the Postal Service not to publicly discuss internal administrative actions taken against Postal Service employees, the exception being when criminal charges are filed and the information becomes a matter of public record.