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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

USPS mail dumped in California parking lot in viral video

Video footage shows unopened USPS mail being tossed from a truck into a California parking lot.

Bags of mail were dumped in a parking lot from the back of a Budget moving truck in Glendale, California and the United States Postal Service still searches for answers.

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According to KTLA5, mail was found in two separate locations in Glendale with one incident captured on surveillance video. Unopened letters and packages were released into parking lots in the early morning hours of Sept. 3. Glendale Police Department Sgt. Christian Hauptmann confirmed the events to the news outlet.

While there is no video of the first reported dump, taking place at around 7:30 p.m., the second reported occurrence happening around 5:40 a.m. was caught on tape.

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U.S. Postal Service workers monitor packages on a conveyor belt at a processing and distribution center on April 29, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Video footage from 7Q Spa Laser & Aesthetics shows a rented Budget vehicle pulling up to the location leaving bags of letters and packages.

“It happened early in the morning, 5:40, and it was a Budget rental — big truck — that backed up to the parking lot. And they’re like, slowly, one by one, they’re dropping the packages,” Lilia Serobian, an owner of the spa, told KTLA5.

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According to CNN, Omar Gonzalez, the Western regional coordinator for the American Postal Workers, says USPS employees had nothing to do with the mysterious attempted mail disposals.

“We wanted to make sure it wasn’t a bargaining employee,” Gonzalez said to CNN. “We talked to the Glendale supervisor and the Glendale manager and asked from where the contractors would have received the bags. That’s when they responded, telling us the Union should not speak about it.”

He explains that some companies who ship in bulk have plastic bags with the USPS logo to bring to the bulk shipping department at the dock. Incoming mail is supposed to be placed into USPS trucks and transported to a processing center, according to CNN.

Whether the mail thrown from the truck was incoming or outgoing is unclear.

“If it’s outgoing, we don’t know how it got into the Budget truck, Gonzales said to CNN.

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The Postal Inspectors office and local police are both conducting investigations. The mail will go through a verification process and be delivered.

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