Homewood apartment complex residents find their mail scattered on ground

(WIAT-TV CBS42 News)

[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1370898687&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&pl_id=21958&show_title=1&va_id=4090863&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1370898687 type=script]HOMEWOOD, Ala. (WIAT) – Residents of a Homewood apartment complex got quite the surprise on their way to check the mail.

“Of course, I had to dig through all of the rubbish to find my mail,” Resident Amanda Posey says.

Posey and other residents of The Overlook at Homewood Apartments found their mailboxes open and a mix of letters and magazines piled on the ground. Posey cannot afford to lose her mail. She is waiting on a financial aid check from her college.

“I went up to the mailbox to check my mail and came to find that everyone’s mail had been ripped out of the mailboxes and thrown in trash bags,” Posey says.

CBS 42’s cameras rolled as the mail carrier showed up and continued to deliver mail to open boxes. Some of the new mail he delivered landed in the piles already on the ground.

“I went to the office,” Posey says, “And asked them what happened. All they had to say was, ‘We don’t know. We didn’t know about this.'”

CBS 42 received no response from the corporate office after placing several phone calls. According to an email from the U.S. Postal Service, the mail carrier should not have continued to deliver mail once he saw the boxes were open. The mail carrier has been instructed not to do so in the future.

U.S. Postal Service investigators have determined maintenance staff at The Overlook were attempting to empty the boxes belonging to people they believed no longer lived at the complex.

Posey is worried she will miss more mail in the future.

“I just don’t feel like anything is secure,” she says.

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