The US Postal Service told an employee that he should not have been involved in setting up a GoFundMe page for a co-worker who was critically injured on the job. The agency also said that the injured employee was prohibited from “accepting cash gifts that exceed $20”. A spokesperson further stated that “This is a federal law that applies to all government employees; it is not a Postal Service policy”.
The USPS statement was in response to a claim made by the The “NALC Truth” Facebook page:
About a week ago the Good Samaritan was called into a meeting with some people who identified themselves as USPS ethics lawyers. They told the Good Samaritan that he had violated ethics rules by starting up a collection for Mailman Mike. They told the Good Samaritan that he would have to refund all the money collected or he would be subject to disciplinary action. The branch president, the Good Samaritan reports, called Fred Rolando and described what was going on. Rolando, it is reported, said the money should be refunded or OIG would become involved and the Good Samaritan might be disciplined.
The fund raising page, which was mentioned in news reports about the incident, has in fact disappeared.
A new GoFundMe appeal, which makes no mention of the letter carrier’s occupation or employer, has been started by the carrier’s brother, who is not a postal employeee.
Here’s the full statement we received from the USPS:
The Postal Service has advised the employee that he should not have been involved in it; the injured employee is prohibited by law from accepting cash gifts that exceed $20. This is a federal law that applies to all government employees; it is not a Postal Service policy.