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Piles of dumped mail have been discovered in California, a troubling development which will contribute to a lack of faith in our upcoming elections.
An investigation was underway after surveillance video captured bags of mail being dumped in the parking lot of a Glendale spa, CBS Los Angeles reports. The video, taken outside of 7Q salon, shows a Budget box truck backed into the parking lot. Moments later, bag after bag could be seen being tossed from the back of the truck and onto the ground.
Lilia Serobian, co-owner of the salon, found the bags and took cell phone video of them Thursday when she realized they were filled with hundreds of unopened envelopes and packages from the U.S. Postal Service.
"It was completely unusual," Serobian said. "If they're taking for their personal use, basically, why'd they have to drop off all the unopened packages somewhere."
Serobian said the incident has made her uneasy given the recent controversy surrounding the postal service.
"Of course it's suspicious," she said. "You start thinking, 'OK, something is going on,' because no one has access to all those boxes and packages."
According to coverage by CNN, it may not even be employees of the Postal Service behind the dumping!
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 CNN.
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 CNN. "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."
For companies that ship in bulk, Gonzalez said they are given plastic bags bearing a USPS logo to bring to the bulk shipping department at the dock.
It was unclear if the bags were being delivered to or departing from the Glendale post office but if it was incoming mail, the bags are supposed to be placed into USPS trucks and taken to a processing center, Gonzalez said.
"If it's outgoing, we don't know how it got into the Budget truck," Gonzalez said."