EXCLUSIVE: Mail carrier tosses fragile packages in local driveway

EXCLUSIVE: Mail carrier tosses fragile packages in local driveway

GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla. — Video shows a mail carrier tossing packages in a local driveway.

A not-so-special delivery has one weather buff hot under the collar.

Paul Nowotny’s surveillance cameras caught the mail carrier in a van throwing packages in his Green Cove Springs driveway, and you can see this wasn’t a gentle toss.

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“She’s a baseball player. She’s throwing the packages across the yard,” he said.

In one of those boxes, Nowotny said there was some very important equipment.

“It was a receiving unit and monitor for my weather station,” said Nowotny.

He called himself a weather nerd.

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“I report on Weather Underground so everyone knows what’s happening in Green Cove Springs,” he said.

His weather station, costing more than $1000, was inspired by our own chief meteorologist, Mike Buresh.

“I care about the weather. I met Mike many years ago. He was kind of an influence for me on setting up the station in the first place,” he said.

Buresh said these instruments can give critical weather information that is sometimes used by the First Alert Weather team.

“The smaller ones can kind of fill in that puzzle for us on where the heaviest and biggest storms are occurring, the rainfall amounts, how hot the temperatures are and have been,” said Buresh.

Nowotny said this is about more than money.

“Wouldn’t matter if it was $5 or 5,000, I don’t want you to throw it at me,” he said.

Below is a statement from the statement U.S. Postal Service:

The Postal Service is committed to providing outstanding service to its customers and postal employees take great pride in their work delivering for the American public. The vast majority of the more than four billion packages shipped using the U.S. Postal Service each year arrive swiftly, safely and intact.  However, even one mishandled package is unacceptable and does not reflect the careful efforts of the thousands of professional, dedicated carriers and clerks in our workforce. The individual shown in the video is not a postal employee, but rather a Contract Delivery Carrier for the Postal Service. Contractors, in this role, utilize their personal vehicles to complete delivery of the mail.  The Postal Service takes the concerns of our customers very seriously and we apologize for the manner in which this package was delivered.  Local postal management is researching the matter and will take appropriate action.