The Postal Service is under fire in Portland, Oregon after it decided to retain a postman who was captured on film peeing and defecating on a home on his route and simply reassigning the postman to another route.
PA neighbor, Don Derfler, caught the act on film and the postal worker was identified. However, urinating on homes does not appear to be a basis for termination in the postal service. It is a pretty lenient response given the spate of draconian actions where the postal service cut off service to whole neighborhoods as forms of collective punishment for dog attacks.
What is interesting is that public urination is a crime. Yet, both a criminal charge and a termination appear to be dead letters.
The neighbors on the new route may prefer snow or heat or gloom of night.
Derfler had been waiting for his babysitter when he saw his mailman acting odd at his neighbor’s house across the street. The postal worker then pulled down his pants and that’s when Derfler began snapping pictures.
“We trust people like the postal service and meter readers and people of that nature,” Derfler told us when we interviewed him in April. “To come on to our property and to defecate – it’s just wrong.”
The incident was an embarrassment to the post office and the worker was immediately placed on unpaid leave. Now, a decision has been made to keep the worker but he will be transferred to a different route.
A spokesperson said the administrative action was taken based on a postal service investigation but he did not elaborate. He also did not say which route the mail carrier has been assigned to cover.