Indiana: probationary letter carrier accused of dumping mail

uspsoigA probationary mail carrier has been charged with official misconduct and theft after police found undelivered mail in a trash container in Merrillville.

Sheilonda Smith, 49, of Merrillville, told a special agent with the United States Postal Service that the mail that Merrillville police found on Jan. 27 behind the Dollar General store in Merrillville had been assigned to her route, but she denied dumping the mail there, the probable cause affidavit states.

Smth was hired Nov. 29 and had been through the training procedures, court records state. She was on probation at the time of the discovery. Court records indicate the items of mail have not been delivered to their addresses.

The most serious of the charges is a Level 6 felony, which is punishable by six to 30 months.

via Lake County courts: Letter carrier accused of dumping mail – Post-Tribune.

  • jt

    Again shocker !!!

  • Hanna Blecter

    Urban Democrat. Unsurprising.

  • Sr

    This is politically incorrect, but…..
    Is the Post Office so desperate that they’re going to put 49 year old women out on the street to start? They treat CCA’s like crap, far too harsh for the 20 somethings already! Now add in someone who is past their prime, man or woman, and what do they expect is going to happen?

    The PO is setting most of these CCA’s up for failure.

    “Ya gets what ya pays for fellas “.

    BTW— The CCA program is the best thing to happen to ODL’s since PM casing!!!!!!!


    Another ANOMALY! That wasn’t me!! It must have been a previous carrier. Those post meter and canceled dates on all those letters can not be right!!!

  • ben franklin

    Not politically incorrect, just ignorant, that’s all! There are plenty of fit 49 year olds, both male and female- and a lot of them happen to be letter carriers!

    Are you suggesting that we get rid of everyone over 40?

  • Sr

    You missed it, Ben. Read for content. I’m 55, and 35 years in, I know how to navigate hard routes, difficult hand offs, and a–hole management. My energy level isn’t anywhere near it was even 5 years ago. You and I grew into this job.
    I said “to start”.

    Our CCA’s receive training- all power point. They are expected to remember everything from day one with no on street experience.

    But starting someone at this age in a job like this is stupid. Let’s face it, management overloads these CCA’s daily and pressures them relentlessly. We hear of supervisors telling them to be back in xx hours or resign! The 20 and 30 year olds quit when they realize that turning regular is a pipe dream and they can find employment with similar pay and little outside exposure and possibly benefits.

    Those of us over 40 veterans are the only thing holding the PO up. We’re the ones with work ethic.

  • Bob Mclean

    I agree they overburden the cca and give them 1 rt plus 1 to 2 hrs mor and tell them to get back before 65 plus 44 years service ,all p.o. time

  • texasmailman

    The CCA program is the worse yet. No training, little background checks, most of the young ones are not even able to handle it. 50 yrs old and 25 years experience. I remember how tough it was starting as a PTF at 25. But I had good training and spent nearly a week walking with one of the old guys. Sr, you are correct, this is the best thing to happen to OTDL guys. But it makes you wonder when I see a new CCA come in and carry a route thats been cased for them and they are back before me, in their first week at that! Postal inspectors need to be keeping a close eye on these guys. Mail has to be going somewhere. I do hope its the mailbox.

  • Mr.Postman

    And they are letting CCA’s be 204B’s! I hope Rolando works to get that out of the next CBA next year!

  • ben franklin

    “Read for content”? Trust me- I didn’t read your comment for pleasure!

    And I didn’t miss anything. I don’t particularly care who you are and what you do for a living, but since you brought it up, thank you for proving my point. If you’re telling the truth when you claim to be 55 and a letter carrier, then obviously I was correct when I said that “There are plenty of fit 49 year olds, both male and female- and a lot of them happen to be letter carriers”. But suppose you lost your letter carrier job tomorrow, and had to go looking for a new job. Would you stand for it if an employer told you that you were too old? I doubt it- and if you did, you’d be a fool. That was my only point- the USPS doesn’t (and shouldn’t) have the right to discriminate against people because it thinks 49 year olds are too old to work delivering mail. People like you prove that they can do it.

    By the way- congratulations on your self-proclaimed “work ethic”. Just be careful you don’t dislocate your shoulder patting yourself on the back so much!

  • Sr

    Discrimination exists. Can’t deny it. Most businesses don’t hire older workers for physically demanding positions. You don’t hire 300 lb. people to carry mail. You don’t see UPS putting 50 year old rookies out as new pkg. drivers. Every 45 year old plus CCA we’ve had, has either thrown mail away, resigned, or let go. After the first week they inquire about going into management.

    If we are going benefit from temporary low cost employees, we need energetic more resilient bodies, not middle aged, CA1’s waiting to happen, people.

    You’re right I wouldn’t stand for being told I’m too old. But there are so many ways HR departments get around this w/o saying it directly. The reason so many older people are showing up on the rolls is because so many younger applicants can’t pass the background or drug tests, or are flat out not interested in working this hard.

    I’m not against 49 y.o.’s carrying mail, but to start at this age is not realistic,not the way they treat them.

    If I lost my job tomorrow, I’m done. I’m retiring at the end of this year. I planned it when I was 20 something.
    I feel sorry for my co-workers who have to put up with this new reality.

  • El Mas Chingon

    54 yrs old with 32 years in, I have been the OJI for 15 years, I have seen countless new hires quit on the first day of carrying mail by themselves. We just had an “old” guy last about a month before quitting, he is only 3 yrs older than me, but I was 23 when i was on Probation. The public has no idea how physically demanding our job is. Factor in the ridiculous management, if it wasn’t for us “old” guys this place wouldn’t function.