Video: Chicago letter carrier stops delivering mail to some customers because she’s afraid of snakes

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) – There’s a slithering problem in Rogers Park, and it has slowed mail delivery to a crawl on one block.

Snakes are out and on the prowl. Garter snakes, to be specific, and there’s a lot of them.  First couple of days of spring there can be hundreds around,” said Bill Hawkins.

He’s not afraid of snakes, but he is afraid of what mail he might be missing because the mail carrier is deathly afraid of snakes and won’t deliver to his half of the block. For some, mail has only been delivered twice in the last two weeks.

“We got it on a Saturday because it was a different letter carrier, and then we got it last Wednesday,” said Lisa Yanny-Tillar.

She says when she tried to complain to the post office, she was told she should call animal control.

On Chase Avenue, they are frustrated because the Post Office isn’t doing anything about the problem and the mail carrier left a notice saying they had to provide an alternative mail receptacle if they wanted their mail.

“I’m not wholly blaming her,” said Hawkins. “I’m more blaming her bosses for not getting someone else over here.

Source: Garter snakes preventing Rogers Park residents from getting their mail | WFLDsnakes_1463449766923_1319412_ver1.0_640_360

  • Wendy

    How about the homeowners taking care of the problem on THEIR property

  • Bob

    I live in a rural area, how do you control snakes tell them not to come in your yard. How about if you can’t do the job find another one. As a letter carrier I have run into all kinds of obstacles and I still managed to deliver the mail.

  • Renarda Allmon

    Her safety comes first….that s her right to have a safe work environment