Undelivered mail found in Port-A-Potty in Macomb Township

Hundreds of pieces of mail found in toilet

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Hundreds of pieces of mail that were supposed to be delivered to homes in a Macomb Township neighborhood in November ended up in a Port-A-Potty. Everything from checks to holiday cards to store coupons were dumped in the toilet.

People in the subdivision said they've had problems with mail delivery, but never anything as serious as mail being thrown in a Port-A-Potty. The incident impacted hundreds of lives in Macomb Township.

The pile of mail is now blue because it was fished out of a portable toilet filled with smell-reducing blue chemicals.

Officials said the mail was dumped in the toilet in mid-November.

A construction worker building houses in the Homestead subdivision off Card Road made the discovery.

Macomb County sheriff's deputies were called to the scene and turned the case over to a postal inspector, which said the letter carrier is responsible. They've asked the U.S. attorney to bring felony charges of mail theft, and the employee has resigned.

Some mail had to be destroyed and reissued. The postal service put the mail that could be saved through a hazmat process and it was delivered Wednesday, sparkling clean, officials said.

The postal inspector said this is believed to be an isolated incident, but they're continuing to investigate.

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