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[GreenYes] Re: Inadvertent Waste Reduction Hero for our time?

Title: [GreenYes] Re: Inadvertent Waste Reduction Hero for our time?

Would it have been a crime if he had conscientiously recycled the 
paper instead of burying or warehousing it?

Thanks for the post.

Dan Knapp
On Nov 20, 2008, at 2:35 PM, Blair Pollock wrote:

> Inadvertent waste reduction hero?
> Steve' gets probation
> Undelivered mail piled up at the home of letter carrier Steven M.
> Padgett, 58, who covered routes in Apex.
> Photo Courtesy of U.S. Attorney's Office
> RALEIGH - Mailman Steven Padgett received a probationary sentence 
> today
> from a sympathetic judge for failing to deliver years worth of junk 
> mail
> on his Apex route.
> "Today you'll get credit for a life well lived," U.S. District Judge
> James C. Dever III told Padgett. Dever could have sent Padgett to 
> prison
> under federal sentencing guidelines; instead, he put him on three 
> years'
> probation, fined him $3,000 and ordered him to perform 500 hours of
> community service.
> Padgett, 58, apologized to the postal service and his family for the
> crime of delaying and destroying mail.
> The prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney Josh Howard, said authorities
> had notified hundreds of Padgett's customers about the criminal
> proceeding, and only one responded. That single response, Howard, 
> said,
> was in support of Padgett.
> Padgett built up good will on his route by handing out treats to dogs,
> making sure packages were left on dry porches and introducing 
> himself to
> customers. Children called him "Mailman Steve."
> The U.S. Postal Service never received a complaint about the missing
> mail and didn't know anything was amiss until they were contacted by a
> utility worker who noticed the excess mail at Padgett's house in
> Raleigh. Postal inspectors went to the home this spring and discovered
> the third-class mail piled in his garage and buried in his yard.
> Postal authorities don't think any letters, bills or other type of
> first-class or second-class mail were among the hundreds of 
> thousands of
> fliers at Padgett's home, some dating back as far as 1999.
> It wasn't a conscious stand against waste or a junk mail protest that
> spurred Padgett to hold onto the mailers, according to Andrew 
> McCoppin,
> his attorney. Rather, it was the inability to meet the demands of a 
> job
> in a growing part of the county while contending with heart 
> problems and
> complications from his diabetes, McCoppin wrote in a memo in 
> advance of
> the hearing.
> Not sorting and delivering the third-class mailings became a way to 
> save
> time and make sure other mail got delivered on time.
> Padgett pleaded guilty to the crime in August.
> >

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