POSTED: Friday, June 10, 2011 - 4:21pm
UPDATED: Sunday, June 12, 2011 - 8:52pm
EL PASO - Most people dream their bills would stop showing up in their mailbox, and that's exactly what happened to one El Paso man. The post office stopped delivering his mail, but now his life has turned into a nightmare.
Gaspar Tarango walks to check his mailbox every day, but for the past month he says nothing has been inside.
"All my bills are getting late, and I have to pay late charges on them. I can't afford that. I'm on Social Security retirement," Tarango said.
Mr. Tarango just moved into a house he spent ten years building. He says he changed his address and started receiving mail, but then it stopped coming and he found a letter in his mailbox. It says "I won't be bringing your mail anymore."
"I don't think it's professional. It's something just written on a lunch bag," Tarango said.
Mr. Tarango questioned the letter carrier, and she told him delivering his mail was causing her to get overtime.
"...and if she come over here to deliver the mail, she'll be coming in late and the boss didn't like that," Tarango said.
The thing is, that postal carrier still delivers mail to a mailbox that's just across the street.
"He's about half a block away from me. If they can stop at my house, I don't see why they couldn't stop here too, " Neighbor Kamal Mahmood said.
"Well they have to go by my mailbox to deliver to him. I don't understand why they wouldn't come here," Tarango said.
Mr. Tarango says he would just drive to pick up his mail, but he needs to take care of his wife.
"She's handicapped. She has a broken hip. We can't be going very far to get our mail," he said.
We went to the post office to find out why Mr. Tarango's mail hasn't been delivered. The manager there wouldn't even come outside to talk to us, but another employee referred us to the main post office. They are now looking into it.