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Thursday 23, February

Lichtenberg postal worker hoard 10,000 mail items in her apartment

Police discovered the massive collection of hoarded mail in the postal worker's apartment yesterday.

Photo: IMAGO / Steffen Schellhorn

Thursday 23, February

On Thursday, there were 654 new Covid-19 infections reported in Berlin. The seven-day incidence currently stands at 69.3 cases per 100,000 people.

Lichtenberg postal worker hoards 10,000 mail items in her apartment

On Wednesday, police found around 10,000 letters, magazines and catalogues in the Alt-Hohenschönhausen apartment of a female 62-year old postal worker, according to rbb.

After discovering the undelivered mail, some of which dated back to October 2021, officials transported it to the postal company’s premises, from where it should be delivered in the next few days. Apparently the worker’s employer became suspicious after she stopped making shipments. Police confirmed that it was internal investigations by the postal service which led them to the employee’s address. The company has since filed a criminal case against her.

It’s not yet clear why the postal worker hoarded so much of her delivery quota, but – in Germany and elsewhere – this sort of thing happens surprisingly often, with postal workers caught hoarding or dumping mail when they get overwhelmed by the workload.