Surprising news came out of Shikoku this week when one post office announced that a female employee had been hoarding close to 30,000 letters over the past two years. When asked why she did it, the woman simply said she “lost the motivation to work”.
On 2ch, users were astonished that this went on for two years without anyone finding out, and naturally called for the postal worker to be punished as harshly as possible. Many questioned why she didn’t simply quit if she’d lost her motivation as she claimed.
From Sankei News:
“23-Year-Old Female Postal Worker In Kagawa Kept 29,000 Pieces of Mail For Two Years, Says “I Lost The Motivation To Work”
On November 9th, the Shikoku branch office (Matsuyama City) of Japan Post announced that a female employee (23) who works at the Takase Post Office in Mitsuyoshi City, Kagawa Prefecture had secretly been hiding 29,000 pieces of mail in her home and car for two years without distributing them. The woman reportedly said she “lost the will to work”.
According to the Shikoku branch office, the female employee had been hiding the mail from December 2013 to July of this year in places like her home and personal automobile, as well as in her workplace locker. Sources indicate no “My Number” notification cards for the new social security system were included.
The employee was a full-time worker and member of the Kanninji Post Office and also worked at the Takase Post Office in distrubution. The Shikoku branch office conducted an investigation following a large number of complaints from people sending mail that none of it was being delivered.
Comments from 2ch.net:
Do us a favor—quit your job and die
How was she not discovered for 2 years?
Really surprised she wasn’t found out
So she had no motivation but kept working for 2 years.
Not having the motivation to work is a personal choice, but couldn’t she have quit before causing problems for other people?
Give back all the money you made during that time.
It would be really sad if there were some grandparents who died without receiving a card from their grandchildren.
[In response to the above] Thinking about it like that, I can’t forgive her.
At least deliver the mail when it’s sunny out!
Previously, I’d been thinking it was the post office’s fault that my bills hadn’t arrived.
I finally noticed when the demand notice came. If you’re careless you might end up being blacklisted.
Is this why my “My Number” notice hasn’t arrived yet?
[Note: ‘My Number’ is a government-issued, numerical ID system currently being introduced in Japan]
If she kept it up for two years, she must have had no motivation from the very start
Is the job that hard?
I thought I’d apply for a part-time during the year-end season but maybe I should quit while I’m ahead.
When I had part-time jobs back in the day my locker was checked periodically.
Shouldn’t this have been uncovered much earlier?
So there wasn’t one investigation made in those two years?
Once every six months, check the lockers and homes of all postal workers.
That’s a huge number of letters w
There’s probably someone out there whose life is in shambles because one piece of mail didn’t arrive.
Will there be some sort of compensation for this?
Just as I thought, electronic mail is safer
I have this image of a drawer opening and letters just come flooding out
If you lost your motivation then quit
Now I know why I never got that job acceptance letter.