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United States Postal Service employee admits to burning mail for 5 months because he did not want to work

By Alexis Bell 12:40 PM January 15, 2018
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A United States Postal Service (USPS) employee who was too lazy to work decided to burn tubs of mail instead of delivering them to residents, according to police in Louisiana.

United States Attorney Alexander C. Van Hook announced that the former U.S. Postal employee from Pitkin pleaded guilty on Thursday to burning U.S. mail.

Mark Wayne Thompson, 50, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Dee D. Drell to one count of use of delay or destruction of mail by a postal employee.

According to the police investigation, Thompson took mail from his rural postal route in Elmer to his residence over a five-month period.

He then burned the mail.

He estimated that he burned at least 20 tubs of mail.

Thompson faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

He will be sentenced in the three months.

In October, a postal worker in Decatur, Georgia, was seen dumping multiple bins of mail in the woods by throwing them over a fence.

The mail included bank statements and other important documents.

USPS sent workers to collects the dumped mail and they promised to deliver them as soon as possible.

Kellie Campbell said that she witnessed the incident, and watched as the postal worker dumped multiple bins of mail in the woods for more than five minutes.

So far, no charges have been filed even though investigators found more than 12 bins of dumped mail.

People in the area complained that they haven’t received their mail.