Pot is going postal, and two Baltimore mail carriers wanted their cut. According to U.S. Attorney Rod Rosentein’s office, a pair of postal carriers pleaded guilty to charges that they accepted bribes from drug dealers, and kept mail with marijuana out of inspectors’ sights.
Tag: post office
Remember that Netflix DVD that never arrived, or that check that never showed up in your mailbox? It may well have been in the possession of Jeffrey Shipley, a Baltimore postal worker who’s been accused of stealing more than 20,000 pieces of mail over the past 20 years.
What with the national mail system bleeding money (and consequently raising the price of a first-class stamp again), I imagine the higher-ups at the USPS aren’t happy hearing that two of their Baltimore post offices are “cash cows” — but not in a good way.
Not long ago, I tried to stop by the post office at the seemingly reasonable hour of 2:30 PM, only to find it closed. But cutting down the opening hours apparently wasn’t enough; the Postal Service announced last week that it’s considering closing more than 10 percent of its 32,000 post offices, and 9 of those are in the Baltimore area (full list below).
Some Marylanders are rightfully nervous. Three of the proposed closures are in Northeast Baltimore (Waverly, Clifton East End, and Hamilton), meaning that that entire swath of Baltimore will be post office-less. Further afield, Smith Island might lose both its branches; Islanders would have to ferry nearly an hour away to pick up mail.
All is not necessarily lost, however; we’re in the midst of the 60-day comment period, so if you feel strongly, appeal to the Postal Regulatory Commission. Or you can just shrug, send an email instead of a letter, and go about your daily business.
Proposed closures in the Baltimore area:
Clifton East End (21213)
Market Center (21201)
Towson Town Center (21204)