"Overwhelmed" Postal Worker Dumps Mail

Police tipped by anonymous call

By Matt Bartosik
|  Friday, May 21, 2010  |  Updated 3:15 PM CDT
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Woo hoo! A beautiful weekend is ahead. We wish we could dump the Friday workload and start the weekend early.

Well, that's exactly what one mail carrier did.

Deanna Nicole Lowe, 32, left seven tubs of mail undelivered outside an apartment complex in Gary on May 10, according to the Post-Tribune.

The Calumet City woman told investigators that she was "overwhelmed" with how much mail she had to deliver that day.

She decided to leave her four bins of mail, three bins of sales fliers, and a phone book all unattended at an apartment complex just before 5 p.m.

Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail will stop a mail carrier, but a bad day will, evidently.

Lowe went back to the post office and clocked out at 6 p.m. without telling anyone, reports the Post-Tribune. She reportedly went back to the complex, but the mail had disappeared.

Police were tipped off to Lowe's negligence when an anonymous caller reported the abandoned tubs.

Lowe was charged with theft and faces a maximum of three years in prison.

Matt Bartosik is a Chicago native and a social media sovereign.

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