Surveillance footage obtained by CBS Los Angeles shows hundreds of bags of mail being dumped in a parking lot in Glendale, California, last week.
The September 3 video shows a Budget rental vehicle backing into the lot of 7Q Spa Laser & Aesthetics. A person is seen exiting the vehicle and tossing numerous bags off the back of the truck into the lot. Minutes later, the person gets back into the vehicle and drives away — leaving the bags of mail in the lot.
“It was completely unusual,” 7Q owner Lilia Serobian told KCBS/KCAL. She said upon closer inspection of the bags, she noticed they were filled with hundreds of unopened envelopes and packages from the US Postal Service. “It’s suspicious. You start thinking, ‘OK, something is going on,’ because no one has access to all those boxes and packages.”
US Postal Service employees weren’t involved in the dumping of bags, Omar Gonzalez, the Western Regional Coordinator for the American Postal Workers Union, told CBS.
Gonzalez said the person seen on surveillance video tossing the bags of mail out of a Budget rental truck was a contractor and after watching the surveillance tape, Gonzalez said the bags appeared to be bulk shipment mail.
“We wanted to make sure it wasn’t a bargaining employee,” Gonzalez told the station. “We talked to the Glendale supervisor and the Glendale manager and asked from where the contractors would have received the bags. That’s when they responded, telling us the Union should not speak about it.”
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Postal Inspectors Office and local police are both investigating the incident, according to CBS.
Glendale Police and the USPS have not been returned a Daily Boulder request for comment.