There have been instances where something that I was expecting in the mail didn’t reach me, so I can only hope it’s because it genuinely got lost in the mail and not because someone trashed it.
If you happen to live in Long Island, and didn’t get a birthday card from your best friend who lives across the country, it could be because Patrick Paskett, 24, a mail carrier, threw more than a 1,000 pieces of mail into garbage bins along his route. He better have a really good reason for why he did that, right? I mean, people were probably waiting on important documents, and thanks to Paskett they didn’t get them! Well, according to police, he was simply too lazy to deliver them.
Federal agents first took a peek into Paskett’s delivery practices after receiving complaints of missing packages and letters, and on March 6, Paskett was observed throwing a bunch of letters into a Massapequa garbage bin, according to a court complaint. When he was confronted, police say that he admitted that he had trashed mail about 15 times since December. He started working as a mail carrier last June.
There were 1,018 pieces of mail that were recovered “from four sites he had used as dumping grounds in late February and early March.” He faces a charge of mail destruction, which could land him five years in jail. In case you’re wondering, he’s no longer delivering mail.
“I really don’t want to talk about this with anyone,” he told The Post. “It happened. I resigned. I don’t work for them anymore.”