Postman feared he was doing his rounds too slowly so took 186 packages home (From Essex County Standard)
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Postman feared he was doing his rounds too slowly so took 186 packages home
8:00pm Monday 2nd September 2013 in News
A POSTMAN took home more than 180 undelivered packets because he feared he was doing his rounds too slowly, a court heard.
Jack Harmon, 19, was worried other postmen would laugh at him for not delivering quick enough, so began taking packages home with him instead.
At one point he even re-posted mail which he was due to deliver to cover his tracks.
But when that mail was found, an investigation began, which ended when inspectors searched his home.
They found 186 packages, three of which were opened, and two Love Film DVDs, which had been mailed to a customer.
Adam Beaumont, prosecuting, said when interviewed, Harmon admitted to taking the packages but had meant to deliver them but had not got around to it.
Harmon also admitted opening three of the packages “out of curiosity”.
Mr Beaumont added: “He wanted to see if there was any money inside, though he said he did not know what he would have done with the money.
“This was a significant breach of trust and a blow in terms of public trust in the postal service.”
Paul Tipple, mitigating, added Harmon was too proud to come forward and let his dad, who has been a postman for 25 years, know he was having difficulty finishing his rounds in time.
“Instead of dealing with the situation and explaining what had happened, he buried his head in the sand and did not deal with it.”
He added: “There is a lot of pressure on young postmen not to be seen to be getting behind.
“Young people, such as Mr Harmon want to be seen to be getting on well rather than struggling to maintain doing their deliveries on time.”
Magistrates ordered Harmon to complete 120 hours unpaid work within 12 months.
He must also pay £1,452.96, including court costs and compensation.
Harmon, of Warren Farm, in St Osyth, had been a postman based at Spring Road Post Office, in St Osyth, for two years, before he began to offend.
He admitted theft of a postal packet on September 27, 2012, and two counts of delaying postal deliveries, between March 22 and June 19 this year, when he appeared at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on Friday.