Postie who dumped mail avoids prison because most of it was “junk”

250px-Royal_Mail.svgA postman who dumped thousands of letters over a four year period has avoided prison after a sheriff said the material was junk mail.

Kevin Ewing, 31, hid more than 5,000 items of mail between 2009 and 2014. He told Perth Sheriff Court he was finding it difficult to cope.

Ewing, from Perth, was caught after Royal Mail set up surveillance to monitor him.

Sheriff Lindsay Foulis sentenced Ewing to carry out 300 hours’ unpaid work.

She said: "It might be fair to say a significant number of these items might have ended up in the recycling anyway. It all falls within the category of what the public might call junk mail.

Read more: BBC News – Postman who dumped 'junk mail' avoids prison.

  • toastrocks

    Junk mail can only be determined by the recipient.

  • CC

    Point well taken. However, statistics have shown that more than 40% of all standard-class mail goes into the trash unopened, and the rate of response to advertising mail falls somewhere between 1-3%. In other words, the majority of recipients, statistically speaking, have been determining the nature of junk mail for a long time. As, it should be noted, have the city, county and state governments responsible for the transport of what amounts to 40% of the average citizen’s refuse.

  • toastrocks

    While this may be true, the mailer did pay for a service which the postie did not provide. Statistics may show it ends up in the trash anyway, but its value is not to be determined by the postie. To him, every piece should be important.

  • CC

    You and I seem to be agreeing quite a bit, for I do not (and did not) quibble with your initial assertion, and the follow-up reminder that the postal employee did not provide the service for which the mailer paid. Additionally, you acknowledge the statistical data by which the term “junk mail” has come to be known. Yet, it is important to understand that the judge in the case reduced the sentence for the individual, in part with recognition of the public policy impact aspects that junk mail plays in wasting people’s time and efforts, wasting resources, and filling landfills. All this for a response rate of 1-3%? That, I would suggest, is the real, ongoing, omnipresent crime. Indeed, there are areas within the realm of jurisprudence in which the breaking of a law is allowed, and occasionally historically heralded, and from which act follows the dismantlement of previously legal forms of servitude, prejudice, and economic disparity.