Former Western Kentucky postal worker William "Brent" Morse has been sentenced to 6 months in a federal prison for hiding almost 45,000 pieces of mail he didn't feel like delivering. According to David J. Hale, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, Morse is guilty of "destroying, hiding and delaying the delivery of at least 44,900 pieces of mail."
Morse, a mailman for five years, stored stacks of letters in his deceased mother's home and in storage lockers he'd rented near his mail route in Dawson Springs, Kentucky. The hoarded mail was meant to be delivered to approximately 250 households in the Dawson Springs area between March, 2011 and March 2013. City police Capt. Craig Patterson commented, "He wanted to speed up his route. I think he was lazy."
Adel Valdes, a U.S. Postal Inspector in Louisville, stated that Morse's reasoning was that "he wanted to pick up his kids from school every day at a certain time." Morse, 34, was found out after he'd left the door to one of his storage facilities open, to where the owner of the locker noticed a large amount of undelivered mail and USPS equipment. The owner of the storage facility then alerted authorities.
Talking about a mailman hoarding 44,000 pieces of mail out of Kentucky! That's a lot of birthday card money!
— Joe Chiodo (@JoeChiodo) April 24, 2014
Mail carrier hides mail in dead mother's house for six months; says he was "too busy" to deliver it. http://t.co/OkpGHcTilm
— Bill Young FOX 25 (@BillYoungFOX25) April 24, 2014
— EqualForce (@EqlF1) April 23, 2014
Morse wasn't charged with theft of the mail, though he must pay almost $15,000 in restitution for losses incurred by two businesses that send out commercial circulars. The USPS has since delivered the wayward mail.
Morse appears to be cut from the same cloth as Jerry Seinfeld's oft-nemisis Newman:
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