Timothy Valentin allegedly threw out hundreds of pieces of mail.
(Byron Smith / New York Daily News)
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, September 1, 2016, 5:11 PM
TGIF most definitely doesn’t refer to throwing out the mail on Fridays.
A Queens postal worker was arrested Thursday for dumping hundreds of pieces of U.S. mail on Fridays because he had to leave work early, authorities said.
Timothy Valentin, 27, who is supposed to deliver mail in Woodside, had been the subject of complaints all summer from residents who reported they were not receiving their mail, according to a complaint filed in Brooklyn Federal Court.
Valentin had explained he couldn’t deliver 86 letters over four days in July because of blocked mailboxes — an unusually high number by U.S. Postal Service standards.
A supervisor at the Woodside Post office solved the mystery on Aug. 18, discovering 759 pieces of mail from Valentin’s route discarded in a Dumpster.
Valentin, 27, confessed to federal agents he dumped mail three or four times because he needed to “leave early on Fridays and his boss would not let him.”
Valentin confessed to federal agents that he dumped mail three or four times because he needed to “leave early on Fridays and his boss would not let him,” the complaint states.
After he was released on $ 50,000 bail, Valentin further explained to reporters outside court that on Fridays he had to pick up his daughter at the sitter and his boss would not give him a slide.
“It’s unfortunate that I did this,” Valentin said. “It’s embarrassing.”