UPDATE: Friday, 11/12/2010 3:07pm EST:
Christine Dugas , a media representative with the USPS sent us the following statement:
The video posted on YouTube was quite disturbing. We immediately pursued this incident through the local police, which, in turn, pressed charges.
Due to privacy act protections, we are not permitted to discuss employee issues.
That said, let me assure you that the employee’s job status has nothing whatsoever to do with the video.
The video below includes language that is not so safe to play at work and is something you really don’t want your kids to hear.
A certified U.S. Postal delivery in Hingham, Mass., went horribly wrong when a woman believed to be named Erika Winchester signed for a collection letter she later realized she wanted to refuse. Hingham demanded the confirmation card she signed back and when the USPS mail carrier refused, he was berated with racist verbal attacks.
Winchester lost it:
Now you want the signature you fucking nigger thief. You want me to lock you up for life you asshole? Give me my shit back. … And I’m not prejudice, but right now I’m getting really pissed off. Because you’re acting like a nigger, now give me the cards back.
The video was upload to YouTube by a user named hugsonamic who is believed to be the postal worker holding the camera. “More videos are yet to come as I am still awaiting US Postal Services to tell me why there has not been an investigation which was the reason that I was fired,” reads the description of one video.
Around Hingham Blog, a local gossip blog from Hingham has more information on Winchester.
At this time, we have not heard from hugsomatic but he added some information via a comment on his video:
you need to know this postal customer used to babysit the officer’s kid who came at the scene. I’ve just learned both the police department and the court have dropped the case, she is free, and no charges against her. I was never sent a noticed by the court to appear for hearing nor trial. And a a year since that happened, USPS postal inspection service has not investigated this matter”
We’ve reached out to hugsonamic and the U.S. Postal Service for more comments. We’ll keep you updated.