If you’ve had any lost packages in Devon recently, maybe this is your answer: Royal Mail investigators found 7,500 letters and packages in the Sidmouth area of Devon on 15 March. A postman has been suspended. The delayed mail will be forwarded with an explanatory letter apologising for the delay.
While the RM spokeswoman is undoubtedly correct in saying that the majority of posties are honest and hardworking, there seem to be more and more of these hoarded mail stories: nothing stolen, just undelivered mail stored up at home. The obvious conclusion is that posties are being subjected to more work, and perhaps more stress, than they can handle. If you’re a postie, please give us your views: is your job becoming intolerable?