Tuesday morning, Thomas said the postal inspectors came to collect the mail and told him this is now being treated as a criminal investigation. For years now, News 4 has been digging into issues surrounding USPS and its delivery issues across the St. Louis region. News 4 called the Postal Service Tuesday to asking about the dumping of mail and ongoing delivery problems. USPS says it is investigating the dumped mail. Thomas said delayed deliveries got worse during the COVID-19 pandemic. “They initially advised me to take all the mail and put it in an outgoing mailbox to be recirculated and that’s when I realized if we don’t make some more noise about this, then it could be easily swept under the rug,” said Thomas. “Especially during the COVID era and quarantine, we weren’t getting mail for days and sometimes week on end,” said Thomas.
“I found IRS notifications, Social Security, paychecks, birthday cards and I realized, especially when I saw, some of those more governmental notices,” said Thomas. Thomas said he found a lot more than just junk mail.
He said he called the police, who told him to call Postal Inspection Services. “I’d say anywhere from 800 to 1,000. It was a lot of mail,” said Thomas.
Thomas is hoping with more people sharing their frustrations with the Postal Service, the system can be improved. “We can find out where the gaps are, fix the system because that is what is going to make things better,” said Thomas. “Due to the decline in mail volume, USPS will relocate or remove unnecessary letter and flat sorting equipment as appropriate to make space for much needed package processing.”
USPS also said: There’s new concern mail issues could get worse because the Postal Service plans to consolidate 18 of the country’s major mail sorting facilities in November. Among the changes, Cape Girardeau will consolidate with St. Louis. USPS said this change will boost efficiency.
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