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Neglected mail stacks up on Louisa sidewalk for weeks

Posted on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 8:00 am

Despite a reciprocal agreement between United Parcel Service and the United States Postal Service, unsecured packages piled up on the sidewalk beside a UPS drop off box in downtown Louisa for at least a month. They were picked up last Thursday.

Donna Patrick, owner of Smokin’ Eddie’s Restaurant, had been watching the parcels pile up for several weeks. The packages were beginning to clutter the area beside the front door of her town of Louisa business.

Fearful of taking matters into her own hands since it’s a federal offense to handle other people’s mail, Patrick reached out to the local post office and town police. The packages remained.

One of the parcels languishing on the sidewalk belonged to Gladys Hester of Louisa. When contacted to find out when she had mailed the large envelope addressed to Land’s End, she replied that it had been about two weeks.

She was returning clothing items to the retailer and wasn’t aware that the envelope hadn’t made it to its final destination. Her statement hadn’t yet arrived this month, so she wouldn’t have known that her account hadn’t been credited.

“I probably should have been more aware of where I was putting the package,” Hester said. “It’s my mistake really.”

The difference between United Parcel Service (UPS) and United States Postal Service (USPS) can be confusing, particularly if senders aren’t paying close attention to the mailing label.

That’s what happened in Christle Thurston’s case. Her husband mistakenly dropped her package into the drop-off box about a month ago believing that was where it belonged.

To read the entire story, see the March 16 edition of The Central Virginian.