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A threat is a threat

After reading the front page this morning, regarding the threats the driver for Spokane County received from a patron after leaving a “snow berm” to shovel out really didn’t set well with me, (“Emotions run high when snow piles up,” Feb. 14).

I was a 29-year veteran with the Postal Service and I can’t understand why this resident gets away with threatening this driver, who is just doing his job. A threat was made to me through my “passenger” window of my vehicle as I was delivering my route one day. This individual stuck his body in the through the window yelling profanities and threats at me because he didn’t receive something in the mail that day.

I called 911 and the Sheriff’s Department and the postal inspectors were both involved. End result was this man picked his mail up at the office thereafter and was told by inspectors never to say another word to me again.

Bottom line is why should any employee of any profession be allowed to be threatened and the individual walk away? The general public could have more respect for the employee just doing their job as they were trained to do. A threat is a threat and to think he wasn’t charged with anything because he didn’t “pull his gun” from his holster is absurd. Even though I didn’t deal with anything this severe, I think Spokane County could take some lessons from the Postal Service.

Karen J. Buska-Stewart

Spokane Valley

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