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Postal Carrier Fired For Not Delivering

A postal carrier who refused to deliver mail to a couple with AIDS has been fired after insisting he could catch the virus from their metal mail slot and licked stamps.

“It’s his own ignorance that lost him his job,” said Pat Grounds, who along with husband Fred were snubbed by the carrier. “He did it to himself.”

Tim Snodgrass, a 10-year mail carrier, refused to serve the couple after they moved into a home for people with AIDS in late June.

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

Postmaster Richard Esslinger, who 10 days ago suspended Snodgrass with pay after an AIDS education class failed to change his mind, announced the firing Monday.



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