If you still haven’t heard from Santa Claus by now, it’s probably because the postman was feeling, well, a bit lazy.
You’re probably mad. The postmaster was, too.
Alex Douglas Douma, a now-former postman from Eugene, failed to deliver about 1,000 pieces of mail between late April to early July of last year. And intentionally so, because he said he felt lazy.
Although most of the mail he intentionally failed to deliver were junk mails, 27 of them were voter ballots for the primary elections in May 2014— and about 200 of the mails were standard and first-class mail.
The lazy postman was found out after police discovered two bin-fuls of mail on his front porch in July.
He was charged with mail obstruction by federal prosecutors.
On Wednesday, he pleaded guilty before the federal court, but insisted that he did not intend to keep the undelivered pieces of mail. The lazy postman admitted that he failed to do his rounds on numerous occasions during the months of April, May, June, and July of last year— but asserted that he had no intention whatsoever of keeping them for himself.
“I wasn’t intending on keeping,” he told U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin, as he apologized for his neglectful actions during the hearing.
Federal Prosecutor William Fitzgerald backed Douma’s claim, telling Judge Coffin that the lazy postman committed “a crime of failing to do something he should have done.”
A mail obstruction charge has a maximum sentence of up to six months of incarceration upon conviction— but the lazy postman was given one year probation and a $500 fine instead.
And the postmaster wasn’t too happy about it.
The U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General said that it considers the crime committed by its lazy postman a “very serious matter”.
“Mr. Douma was required to protect the sanctity and security of U.S. mail entrusted to him,” stated John Masters, an agent under the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General.
Agents from the Inspector General’s office worked with local authorities on the investigation of Douma’s mail obstruction case, but Masters declined to comment on whether or not the agency fired Douma from the U.S. Postal Service— citing agency policy and federal law that prohibit them from disclosing that information.
The lazy postman, however, has already moved on and found a new job.
His lawyer, Clayton Tullos, said that they found the resolution on his criminal case ‘appropriate': “Given the facts, we feel this was an appropriate resolution,” he said.