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Ex-mail carrier admits not delivering Kansas mail

March 22, 2012

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— A 77-year-old former mail carrier has admitted in court that she failed to deliver thousands of pieces of mail on her 115-mile northeast Kansas route.

Dixie Bontrager, of Whiting, pleaded guilty to mail theft Thursday in federal court in Topeka.

Bontrager told The Associated Press last month she didn't believe she had stolen mail, but simply failed to deliver it. She also said that much of the undelivered mail consisted of advertising.

In her plea deal, Bontrager admitted that agents searched four nonworking vehicles on her property in 2010 and found 496 first-class items and more than 2,700 standard mail items dating back to 2002. They also found periodicals and telephone books.

Bontrager was fired from the Holton Post Office in November 2010 after 30 years on the job.

Comments

JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 9 months ago

And people say the government won't fire people based on performance. Why did it take the Holton post office 30 years to discover her incompetence or thefts? Perhaps the Holton postmaster should be fired too...

deec 2 years, 9 months ago

"...dating back to 2002." There is nothing in the story to indicate she'd been doing it for 30 years.

Flap Doodle 2 years, 9 months ago

This post pre removed for using a vulgar sexual term to describe a disappointed progressive.

25 2 years, 9 months ago

Observant, It's a federal offense to damage the federal property of mail boxes. It's also a federal offense to tamper with mail or to insert mail or any other item in the box that isn't officially marked by (or with the permission of) the USPS. The federal government is protecting it's interest in it's government operation of mail delivery.

However, the strongest proof that it isn't a private enterprise is that if it weren't a government operation, it wouldn't take an hour of standing in line to send something. A private business that wants to make money would make things efficient and customer friendly because they wouldn't want to lose out on revenue from disappointed customers. The USPS is a monopoly run by our government and doesn't care. If it were private, it would have been put out of business long ago.

JayhawkFan1985 2 years, 9 months ago

I disagree. I think the USPS has a long and outstanding tradition of delivering the mail. The go where FedEX and UPS won't. They are very inexpensive to use. The US Congress has hamstringed them for political reasons, namely the far right extremists can't ideologically accept any governmental agency performing well.

This is one bad apple in a barrell of good to great apples.

jafs 2 years, 9 months ago

I routinely experience poor customer service at many private businesses.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 9 months ago

As jafs said, waiting in line is not limited to government (quasi and otherwise) services. It happens all the time, whether it's at the grocery store checkout line or at UPS or .....

Bob Forer 2 years, 9 months ago

Sounds like she has some kind of hoarding personality disorder.

jhawkinsf 2 years, 9 months ago

So she'll "retire" with full disability payments? What a great system we have. Break the law, break the rules, do something immoral. Then look in the DSM and find something that will cover your a$$, and get paid for the trouble.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 2 years, 9 months ago

What makes you think that she won't be penalized for this?

jhawkinsf 2 years, 9 months ago

I have no idea. I was responding to the comment above which suggested a personality disorder. Since it was pure speculation, I thought I'd do a little speculating of my own, with your permission, of course.

classclown 2 years, 9 months ago

observant (anonymous) replies…

Further minor point, the PO is not a government agency. March 22, 2012 at 8:16 p.m.

The Postal Service is not government? Since when?

deec 2 years, 9 months ago

The Postal Reorganization Act (PRA) of 1970 replaced the department with the current USPS model—an independent establishment of the executive branch designed to be self-sustaining by covering its operating costs with revenues generated through the sales of postage and postal-related products and services. USPS receives no appropriations for purposes other than revenue forgone on free and reduced rate mail.6 http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d10455.pdf

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