July 15, 1995 in Nation/World

Postman Suspended For Refusal To Deliver

Compiled From Wire Services

A postman who refused to deliver mail to a couple with AIDS was indefinitely suspended with pay Friday.

Tim Snodgrass, a 10-year mail carrier, refused to serve Fred and Pat Grounds after they moved into a home for people with AIDS. They are the first and only residents at the home, which is run by a charity.

Snodgrass said he was afraid of cutting himself on the home’s metal mail slot and becoming infected from envelopes or stamps the couple had licked.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta says there are no known cases of AIDS being spread through saliva.

Postal service sources said that Snodgrass eventually would be fired.

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