Complaint Review: USPS
I was expecting a letter sent express mail and it still had not been delivered a week past it's due date. I made a call to the local post office and found out that the express mail I was waiting for had already been picked up. A postal employee identified the the person...by name, who picked up my mail.
This person, who had no permission in any form to pick up my mail, had taken a slip out of my mailbox. The slip was a card from the post office notifying me that I had mail at the post office that I had to sign for to pick up. The thief stole this card out of my mailbox, went to the post office and signed my name (incorrectly) and took the express mail. I should mention here that the thief was a male and the mail he stole was addressed to me, a female.
I called the police, the man was arrested, not only for stealing my mail, but also for violating probation for domestic violence and resisting arrest. [continued below]....
Upon hearing my complaint was dropped, I called the Postal Inspecters office in the hopes of getting justice for this "Federal Offense" for mail theft. The Postal Inspecters office decide NOT to pursue the case. I was dumbfounded.
Under "Title 18 Of The USC, Section 1708 Theft Or Receipt Of Stolen Mail Matter" it states that (and I'm paraphrasing here) "Whoever steals from or out of any mail, letter box, mail recptable for mail matter: Whoever unlawfully has in his possession any letter, postal card, package, or mail which has been so stolen" is theft or receipt of stolen mail mail which: "Shall be fined not more then $2000 under this title or imprisoned not more then fixe years, or both."
This "Title 18" was included with a letter from the "United States Postal Inspection Service" that stated to me that: "Your case does not meet the criteria established for prosecution in the United States District Courts." Again, I was dumbfounded.
Regardless of what was stolen from me and the value of the item, the fact of the matter is that my mail was stolen not just from my mailbox, but then was picked up at the post office. It's like I was robbed twice. A postal employee identified the person, by name, who stole my mail. How easier could it be to prosecute this person? I called the postmaster at the post office where my mail was stolen and was told it's up to the postal inspecter to pursue the matter. I called the Postal Inspection Services and begged for them to prosecute the case to no avail.
If you think your mail is safe from theft or that the postal service will prosecute anyone who steals your mail, think again. The theft of my mail was simply not media worthy for the USPS to pursue the case.
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