My last commentary outlined the issues that I have recently encountered at the United States Post Service (USPS)—mainly theft of my property. Yes, I am calling it what it is, stealing of goods by some postal employees. Maybe you have experienced a similar situation but felt helpless to do anything. Well, I’m not going to sit idly by and do nothing.

At the end of my last commentary, I indicated that I was sending an email to Congressman Steve Knight and State Senator Scott Wilk and said I would report back as to what, if anything, they could do or if they didn’t respond at all. Well, they both responded immediately, both personally and with their respective staffers.

Although the post office is a federal agency, State Senator Wilk responded anyway and said he would do what he could to put additional pressure on the situation. Congressman Knight also emailed me personally and a staffer followed up promptly. I was required to fill out a Privacy Release Act form first and once I did that allowed the matter to move forward.

Knight’s office has reached out to the Congressional Liaison for the USPS with the sole purpose of launching an investigation into the theft of items belonging to my brother, a deceased veteran, that were sent to me by his widow. I have been informed that theft by postal workers is rampant and a nationwide problem. I know what you’re thinking, then why the hell isn’t anything being done about it?

It is yet another example of the inefficiency of government—they can’t even police their own organizations. I would also speculate that theft at the USPS is so wide spread that it is likely organized on local levels. Yes, I will just come out and say it—the USPS is apparently a criminal organization and the crimes being committed should fall under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act or RICO Act. Okay laugh, but I am serious here.

In fact, I would go as far as to say that the Federal Burau of Investigation (FBI) should get involved with looking into this matter since the package in question was mailed from Houston, Texas to Santa Clarita. That constitutes interstate theft of goods. But we all know that will not happen because the system itself is completely corrupt.

As the weeks pass by, I am less confident that there will be an investigation and if there is one, the trail has gone cold by now. The thief has likely offloaded the goods he pilfered from the package sent to me and the Postal Inspectors have been not existent thus far. My daughter, who signed for the package, is leaving for college shortly, which means it will be more difficult for the postal inspectors, if they open an investigation, to interview her.

But all is not lost, like newscaster Howard Beale, played by actor Peter Finch, in the film Network, said, "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" Yes, I am mad as hell and I am going to do something about it. To recap, I have actually spoken to the SCV Postmaster, no telephone incessantly ringing in a closet never to be answered, and I have enlisted a State Senator and our Congressman. The next step will be to try and get the media involved tapping into the consumer advocates. I would like to put the spotlight on the Postmaster General Megan Brennan since she is heading the USPS crime organization and nothing appears to be getting done to clean up the rampant theft.   

Will I get the stolen items back—no. But, I will shine a bright light on an ongoing problem that is effecting a whole lot of people and saying enough is enough will be the next best thing. Stay tuned, more to come.

Dave Bossert—Commentary

Dave Bossert is a community volunteer who serves on several boards and councils. His commentaries represent his own opinions and not necessarily the views of any organization he may be affiliated with or those of The SCV Beacon.