We’ve seen post offices close because of asbestos contamination, mold, and spider infestations, but this is the first time we can recall an office closing because a slightly obscure former TV star went bankrupt. The tiny Harford PA post office was bought in 2004 by actor Bronson Pinchot, who appeared on the sitcom “Perfect Strangers” in the 80’s. It was one of several properties, including a Federal style mansion, that Pinchot intended to renovate. Some of the properties appeared on his short-lived series on the DIY Network, “The Bronson Pinchot Project“.
The series was cancelled after 20 episodes. Pinchot’s financial difficulties came to light last summer with reports that he had made himself scarce in order to avoid his creditors. The actor subsequently declared bankruptcy, and now several of the properties, including the post office, are due to be auctioned off to pay back taxes.
Ironically, Pinchot implied in a 2004 interview, that he had rescued the town’s post office from imminent closure by buying it: “Mr. Pinchot said that it appeared that they had been weighing the possibility of closing the Harford P.O. entirely. The move effectively avoids that unhappy conclusion.”
HARFORD TOWNSHIP, Pa. – A northeast Pennsylvania post office may close temporarily due to an ’80s television star.
Bronson Pinchot, best known for playing Balki on ABC’s “Perfect Strangers,” owns six properties in the Harford, Pennsylvania area. But he recently declared bankruptcy and owes more than $10,000 on homes and buildings in the town – including the post office.
According to the post office, Pinchot is “exercising the option to not renew the lease,” which means postal workers won’t be allowed in the building when the lease expires at the end of the month.
The postal service has assured residents that mail service will continue, via rural delivery or PO boxes at another nearby post office.