Ital­ian post­man fails to de­liver for three years

The Guardian Weekly - - Diversions - An­gela Gi­uf­frida

A for­mer Ital­ian post­man is fac­ing charges af­ter po­lice found 400kg of un­de­liv­ered mail stashed in his home in the north­ern city of Turin.

Po­lice said the 33-year-old, who has not been named, told of­fi­cers he did not de­liver any mail for three years be­cause his salary was too low. He quit the job in 2017.

The stash was dis­cov­ered af­ter the man was stopped dur­ing a rou­tine road check, lo­cal po­lice said in a state­ment. He was found in pos­ses­sion of a 20cm-long fold­ing knife, and 70 let­ters were found on the back seat of his car.

Sens­ing some­thing was amiss, po­lice then went to his home, where they found a fur­ther 40 boxes of un­de­liv­ered mail that in­cluded bank state­ments, bills and other pri­vate cor­re­spon­dence.

“I wasn’t paid enough and so I quit,” the man re­port­edly said. He now faces charges of theft, mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion of cor­re­spon­dence and for car­ry­ing a weapon.

Italy’s postal ser­vice is fairly un­re­li­able, and the case is not the first of its kind. In Jan­uary, a 56-year-old was ar­rested d af­ter po­lice found 500kg of un­de­liv­ered ered mail dat­ing back to 2010 hid­den den in his garage in the north­ern city of Vi­cenza. The pile in­cluded tele­phone e di­rec­to­ries, bills and cam­paign leaflets for re­gional elec­tions, in what po­lice said was the e largest haul of un­de­liv­ered mail ever found.

In 2013 a post­man in Sar­dinia failed to de­liver 400kg of mail dur­ing a fouryear pe­riod. Such an of­fence car­ries a prison sen­tence of up to one year.

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