The postcard the USPS refuses to deliver

Yesterday we linked to a story about a Massachusetts man who was using the mail to warn the public about the hit and run driver who killed his father. David Quist had postcards in the style of wanted posters printed asking residents of two Massachusetts towns to “Call 911 if you see this man driving.”

hitandrunNow comes word that someone at USPS Headquarters heard about the mailing and ordered the local post offices not to deliver the cards:

The campaign of a hit-and-run victim’s son to notify by postcard 10,000 neighbors in Millbury and Sutton about the guilty driver’s probation has run into red tape. But the last-minute bureaucratic hurdle is just “a bump in the road,” said David Quist, 50, of Worcester.

Mr. Quist said Thursday morning he learned late Wednesday that the word came from Washington, D.C., to the Millbury and Sutton post offices to hold the postcards, which were ready for delivery that day.

Mr. Quist’s father, Robert H. Quist, 72, was killed in 2010 when Mr. Scanlon, 54, formerly of 271 Riverlin St., Millbury, ran a red light and his vehicle collided with the elder Mr. Quist’s Lincoln Town Car.

Mr. Quist said he has a call into the U.S. Postal Service’s legal office in Bristol, Conn., to clarify why the postcards weren’t deemed deliverable and what he can do to get them to every doorstep in the two towns, where Mr. Scanlon is staying with relatives.

He said Postal Service officials initially told him Wednesday that, “Due to personal content, it was not conforming to postal regulations.”

Read more: Postal service holds up mailing of warning cards – Worcester Telegram & Gazette –