The residents of a town have been getting their post 13 years late.
13 year old snail mail delivered. The post was discovered at the home of a Royal Mail worker after he passed away. The people of Wantage, Oxfordshire have been receiving parcels and letters with some dating back to 2008. According to the Royal Mail the post was recovered from the home of an ex-employee after they passed away.
Residents started reporting the late mail over the last few weeks. People have now had bills, hospital appointments and birthday cards dating from years ago. One person received a cheque for £151. While a woman received a wedding anniversary card from her mother who died years ago.
Royal Mail operations manager for Thames Valley Oxford, Paul Leishman, has apologised for the delay and explained the situation. He said “I would like to offer my sincere apologies for any inconvenience or distress you may experience as a result of receiving this mail after such a long time.
I am very sorry we have let you down on this occasion and I hope you will accept my apologies for any concerns this incident may cause.” He went on to say the Royal Mail had taken the delayed mail very seriously. Residents took to social media to have their say.
One wrote “Well, l had a lovely delivery. My mum passed away two years ago and this year is my 25th wedding anniversary and I received a handmade by my mum wedding anniversary card.”
Another posted “Got an old credit card statement. Thank goodness it’s been paid.” A spokesperson for Royal Mail said “In this isolated incident, a number of mail items were found at the home of a former employee following their death. We are looking into what may have happened in this case.
The safety and security of the mail is of the utmost importance to Royal Mail. Every item of mail is important to us. The vast majority of our postmen and postwomen are dedicated to delivering the UK’s mail safely and efficiently.
They have played a crucial role in keeping the UK connected during the pandemic. The mail is being delivered to customers as quickly as possible. With a covering note and a number to call if they require more information. We apologise to any customer whose mail may have been impacted by this incident.”