By on April 22, 2018

A United States Postal Service employe was charged with hoarding thousands of pieces of undelivered mail on Thursday. The bulk of the load, which ended up being crammed into his Nissan Pathfinder, was comprised of more than 10,000 letters — a true testament to the vehicle’s nearly 80 square-feet of cargo space. However, more items were found stashed in his work locker and apartment. According to court documents, Aleksey Germash’s alleged dereliction of duty resulted in at least 17,000 pieces of mail going undelivered.

Earlier this month, the USPS’ Office of Inspector General received tip that there was an SUV parked in Brooklyn stuffed with mailbags. When Postal Service agents went to investigate, they found 20 blue post office bags holding mail intended for delivery to New York residents. 

According to The New York Times, Germash said he has simply become “overwhelmed” by the amount of mail he was expected to deliver but “made sure to deliver the important mail.” If this sounds familiar, it’s because there was a running joke on the NBC sitcom Seinfeld where unhinged NYC postman Newman frequently stashed mail because he couldn’t cope with the volume.

The issue is fairly common occurrence. Between October 2016 and September 2017, the U.S. Postal Service said it has investigated 1,364 employee mail cases and arrested 409 employees.

Some of the mail found in the Germash’s possession was postmarked as early as 2005. He was released on $25,000 bail over the weekend.

[Image: NBC]

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19 Comments on “Hello, Newman? U.S. Postal Worker Hoards Undelivered Mail in Nissan Pathfinder...”


  • avatar
    Chocolatedeath

    If they allowed him to drive a Dodge Viper daily to deliver mail this wouldn’t happen.

  • avatar
    redgolf

    better yet – Uber, that way he could of focused on just delivery and not on all of the hectic traffic!!!

  • avatar
    schmitt trigger

    One better;
    make it mandatory that all USPS employees drive Kei cars, the smaller the better, such that they become full after only 500 or so letters.

  • avatar
    Dutcowski

    Yet nobody seemed to be missing that mail. I mean the inspectors just got a report of a car with bags of it inside. You’d think mgmt would be investigating numerous complaints of missing mail in his area before now – if it wasn’t mostly junk..?

    • 0 avatar
      OneAlpha

      Maybe this man’s a hero.

      His vehicle was probably full of the crap the Post Office gets paid by the junk mailers to deliver. That’s why nobody complained and that’s why, in all likelihood, this guy should be applauded.

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      “Yet nobody seemed to be missing that mail.”

      Unless you’re expecting specific mail that does not get delivered, there is no way of knowing what you are missing.

      This time someone got caught with the goods. Who’s to say how many others have never been caught and all that mail was lost.

      It could have been important, like involving money, car registrations, drivers license renewal, titles, deeds, etc.

      I’m just glad we can do many transactions via the internet these days and don’t have to rely on the US Postal Service to get them done, unless it is car registrations, license plates, titles, deeds and other hard copies.

    • 0 avatar
      fincar1

      Based on the percentage of mail I receive that is unwanted junk, multiply that by the number of customers on each carrier’s route, then consider the number of mail carriers in the country, and it isn’t difficult to realize that a great deal of Post Office activity is wasteful. Someone’s gotta be making money off that junk mail though or it wouldn’t keep coming….

      But to the extent that it subsidizes the fast and efficient Priority Mail flat-rate packages I use extensively in my hobby I suppose I can’t really complain too much.

  • avatar
    OneAlpha

    Why did anyone ever think that show was funny?

  • avatar
    civicjohn

    OneAlpha,

    The show was about nothing, that’s why it was so funny.

    This postman is the equivalent of a 1990’s junk mail folder.

  • avatar
    civicjohn

    OneAlpha,

    The show was so funny because it was about nothing.

    This guy is the equivalent of a 1990s junk folder.

  • avatar
    JEFFSHADOW

    When I worked for the Postal Service you would be reprimanded if you used the term “Junk Mail”. We had to call it “Third Class”. I helped process any and all mail to recipient Post Offices, regardless of sender or content. I delivered the First Class mail so fast that I had to quickly move on to help the Third Class throwers, who were quite slovenly.
    I was terminated on Friday, December 5, 1980 for “leaving government premises on a break”, even though my supervisor told me to drive to Winchell’s Donuts to get treats at 5 AM.
    I left the General Mail Facility and drove to a local Crown Bookstore to have a newly-released book signed by Ray Bradbury. The following Monday John Lennon was shot dead in New York.
    What a “weekend”!

    • 0 avatar
      highdesertcat

      I know more than a couple of retired or separated military guys who work for, or used to work for, the US Postal service, and NONE of them would ever admit to doing so. And certainly not on a public forum where everybody knows your name.

      There was a time, circa 1984/1985, when the US Postal Service would actively recruit military people who were separating or retiring from military service to come to work for them. Seriously!

      I even took the exams for them during my Project Transition and was actively accepted to become a mail carrier at three different locations – one in a nearby town, and on two separate military bases.

      When retiring from the military I took the shotgun approach to job seeking and applied for everything, everywhere. As it turned out, I didn’t go to work for anyone.

      I went to work for myself. Turned out okay for me.

      • 0 avatar
        sgeffe

        “[W]here everybody knows your name.”

        Clifford C. Clavin from “Cheers!” (John Ratzenberger)

        Trying to think if there’s any other famous mail carriers from TV. I’m thinking “The Simpsons,” but I’m probably wrong.

  • avatar
    threeer

    Must have been a slow news day for the automotive world! Not much “auto” related to this, other than the guy happened to be driving a Pathfinder. Now, for full creepy effect, had he been driving a late 70’s Econoline with the bubble port windows, THAT would have held some mail!

  • avatar
    redgolf

    the carrier did state that he “made sure he delivered the important mail”so he does have a conscience at least, i myself could have never handled a job like that! deliver/dump – deliver/dump – deliver/dump – dump, dump, dump, dump,STOP!

  • avatar
    pwrwrench

    I knew a guy that worked for USPS in the early 1980s. He told me that the post office he worked for got all employees together and they got a lecture. Essentially they were told that management was going to make their lives so miserable that they would quit before they qualified for retirement. They had increased workloads, erratic shift schedules, and general harassment. He quit soon after that.
    I imagine that situation did not do much to help employee attitudes and performance.
    About that same time frame another acquaintance that lived in the same area was not getting any mail. After inquiring at the P.O. it was found that they were hiring people and putting them on the job with no training. The person on his route did it for a few days, got overwhelmed, dumped the mail in a storm drain and went home.

    • 0 avatar
      sgeffe

      Ahhh..”beatings will continue until morale improves!”

    • 0 avatar
      Lorenzo

      You can thank Congress for that. When the Post Office was converted to Postal Service, is was to be run like a private business. But Congress still treats it like a civil service agency, refusing to let them shut down obsolete branches, and holding up sales of excess property.

      Congress required them to pay the retirement costs for former civil service employees, a legacy cost many times what the Service should be paying. A separate agency exists to pay civil service retirement costs for defunct agencies, but Congress wouldn’t approve the transfer.

      The latest idiocy was a Congress-mandated 1-cent reduction of first-class postage, when the service needed a 1-cent increase to cover losses. The USPS can’t be run on business principles as long as Congress keeps treating it like it’s still part of its traditional civil service system.


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