Postal authorities investigating how hundreds of pieces of mail wound up in a garbage bag on a city street

A video showing a large garbage bag mail full of undelivered found on a street in Paterson, NJ has triggered a U.S. Postal Service investigation, the New Jersey Globe has learned.

The mail was discovered on June 7, and while it’s not clear whether any vote-by-mail ballots were in the bag, it does enhance the focus on the reliability of the U.S. Postal Service in advance of next month’s statewide primary election where nearly 4 million vote-by-mail ballots are currently being sent out.

“Whole lot of mail out here in the garbage,” said Jacquice Smith, a Paterson resident who was among a group of residents who found the garbage bag. “That’s crazy.”

In a telephone interview, Smith said that he captured footage of a female postal worker dumping the bag of mail in is garbage can on his home security system.

He notified postal officials who came to retrieve the undelivered mail and told the Globe that they took the surveillance tape with them.


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