Neighborhood goes without mail service after threat

June 4, 2013 3:37:06 PM PDT
Residents of a Raleigh neighborhood are upset after the United States Postal Service stopped delivering mail without telling anyone.

The postal service confirms that they didn't deliver mail to the East Raleigh neighborhood for three days because a female postal carrier was threatened and didn't feel safe coming back.  

Now, many other residents are wondering why they had to suffer, and why they weren't notified.

"I've been expecting medication for the last two days and my medication comes through the mail," said Brenda Spencer.

No mail was delivered or picked up, which greatly impacted Spencer.

She's disabled and can't drive. She also gets her medication in the mail and lives off of social security. She went to mailbox to check on her check, and it wasn't there.

"I was really upset because I wait a whole month and so when it's not there within that month when I'm expecting it, then I got to worry about my bills," said Spencer. "I got to worry about my food. I got to worry about my clothing."

The postal service said they stopped deliveries because a female carrier was severely harassed last week. They say she was threatened and verbally abused.

The postal service chose to cut off service explaining they weren't sure if other employees would be in danger as well.

"For them just to discontinue services for three days, that was a bit far," said resident LaShawn Breece.

An internal investigation is looking into the claims. Service was reinstated Monday.

Now, a man is delivering the mail.

"I just hope that it doesn't happen again because I rely on that," said Spencer. "That's my bread and butter."

The good news for Spencer is that she did finally get her medication.  The bad news is she is pleading with bill collectors not to assess late fees because she went days without mail.

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