A Denver family has a notable complaint about their mail service. The Porch family alleges that a carrier delivered mail to their house and walked by the body of Dale Porch, 46, who collapsed on his porch after working “the graveyard shift” at his job. The carrier reportedly said and did nothing.
Hedy Porch reports that her husband collapsed after returning from work at the Regional Transportation District. He collapsed on the stairs, requiring the carrier to step around the body.
Notably, postal officials defended the actions — or inaction — of the courier. He said that the courier thought that the body was a Halloween decoration. If so, this would not be the first time that people have walked by a body thinking it was art (here) or a decoration(here). Indeed a few years ago, there was a case strikingly similar in the claim of confusion. A lawsuit appears inevitable after a tragic accident in St. Louis where a 17-year-old girl is in a critical condition after she became tangled in a noose at a Halloween haunted house called Creepyworld. The girl was working as an actress at the attraction and was found unconscious. What is particularly chilling is that people appeared to have walked by her hanging in the house and thought she was a realistic prop. Notably, the attraction had people walk through to check on the well-being of actors and she was discovered but not for some time after the accident. She is in critical condition. Creepyworld employs 100 people and can expect a negligence lawsuit.
Given the explanation, I am skeptical of the chances for a lawsuit. The fact that it occurred around Halloween works to benefit of the courier who can claim to be clueless but not culpable.
Source: Denver Channel