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Caught on camera: Amazon employee takes holiday tip to Chicago USPS carrier

December 26, 2023 ,

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Chicago (CBS) –During this season of giving, we’re seeing some bad behaviors.

As CBS 2’s Germont Terry reported this Christmas Day night, a generous tip for the Irving Park neighborhood’s mail carrier ended up in the wrong hands.

The winter wind normally sets off motion cameras mounted on a family’s porch in Irving Park. But over the weekend, the homeowner couldn’t believe what his security camera captured.

“He didn’t care that there were cameras here and here,” the homeowner said, pointing to the cameras installed on either side of his front door.

The “he” in that sentence is an Amazon delivery worker who came to the house last Saturday to drop off an Amazon package. But the delivery worker also snatched something belonging to the homeowner’s mailbox.

“The envelope was taped on the bottom, and then it was taped on the inside as well,” the homeowner said.

Was there a possibility that the Amazon employee thought the envelope was actually meant for him?

“Well, it said ‘Alma,’ which was the name of the mail carrier. I’m guessing it probably didn’t say ‘Alma,’” the homeowner said. “And it had ‘USPS’ written very brightly underneath it, and it was taped to a mailbox. So if it were for Amazon, I would say it was an Amazon letter. I don’t see a consistent Amazon carrier here. Get.”

Inside the clearly marked envelope were $60 destined for the United States Postal Service mail carrier – something the homeowner has left several times over the years.

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