Postal inspectors have told the letter carrier who complained about a racist, homophobic fraternity prank to stop talking about it. Iran Becton had complained about an incident involving the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at the University of Chicago. Someone placed an order for dozens of USPS shipping cartons to be sent to the fraternity. Becton told someone at the frat house that he had a lot more to deliver, and then made 6 or 7 more trips back and forth to his truck:
“After the last trip, one of the frat guys came out and said it was a practical joke. Another guy said that I should read the name backwards and I’ll get the joke.”
The items — all 79 of them — were addressed to “Reggin Toggaf.” Written backward, the first name is a racial slur. The last name is a slur for gay men.
“I was humiliated,” said Becton, an African American.
Becton contacted the newspaper after he says his complaints to postal authorities had “fallen on deaf ears”. Now, according to the newspaper, Becton has finally heard from the USPS:
Julie Kenney, a spokesman for the Chicago Division, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, acknowledged that the postal service has advised Becton against talking to the media because he might be “jeopardizing the investigation.”