Denver mailman mistakes corpse for Halloween decoration

DENVER Fri Nov 9, 2012 8:26pm EST

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DENVER (Reuters) - The United States Postal Service acknowledged on Friday that one of its mail carriers did not report a corpse at a Denver home because he mistook the body for a Halloween display.

"We do know the carrier delivered mail to the house that day, and he remembered seeing something he thought was related to Halloween," the postal service said in a statement. "When the carrier learned that was not the case, he was shocked and extremely upset."

The local ABC News affiliate reported that the dead man, Dale Porch, 46, collapsed and died November 2 on his porch steps after returning home from his night shift job.

Relatives of Porch could not be reached for comment by Reuters.

The postal service called the incident "an unfortunate situation" that probably would not have happened any other time of year.

"Our carriers have a long history of assisting customers in neighborhoods across the country each and every day, and that holds true for our letter carriers here in Denver," the statement said.

The unidentified carrier is a "conscientious and dedicated employee" who remains on the job, the post office said, and any action that may be taken against him will be handled internally.

(Reporting by Keith Coffman; Editing by Dan Whitcomb and Lisa Shumaker)

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RealNeil wrote:
“and any action that may be taken against him will be handled internally”

What? Why take action against him at all? He did nothing wrong.

The Politically Correct Police have a hand in this it seems,………

Nov 12, 2012 1:09pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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