Italian postman didn’t deliver mail because salary was ‘too low’

Just a few months after police uncovered the largest-ever hoard of undelivered mail in Italy, another rogue postman has emerged.

Italian postman didn't deliver mail because salary was 'too low'
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The 33-year-old from the northern city of Turin failed to deliver post for three years, telling police it was because his salary was “too low”, so much so he quit the job last year.

But the 400kg pile of undelivered mail stashed in his home might never have been discovered had it not been for him being stopped by police during a routine road check. He was found in possession of a 20-cm folding knife while suspicion was aroused after police spotted 70 letters on the back seat of his car. 

They then went to his home, where a further 40 boxes worth of mail, including bank statements, bills and other private correspondence, were found.

“I wasn’t paid enough and so I quit,” the man said. He now faces charges of theft, misappropriation of correspondence and for carrying a weapon.

In January, a 56-year-old was arrested after failing to deliver post for at least eight years.

Police found a 573 kilos pile – including telephone directories from 2013 and campaign letters from the 2010 regional elections, as well as stacks of bills, tax forms, bank statements and other correspondence – in a garage near his home in Breganze, Vicenza.

It emerged after volunteers at a nearby recycling centre noticed 25 yellow Poste Italiane boxes stuffed with old mail among the contents of another garage that had recently been cleared out. The garage had previously been used by the postman, which led police to check the contents of another garage he was known to have. They described it as the biggest stash of undelivered mail ever discovered in Italy.

In 2013 a postman on the island of Sardinia was found to have hoarded some 400 kilos of undelivered mail over four years. The “violation, misappropriation or destruction” of someone else's post is a criminal offence in Italy, punishable by up to one year in prison.






Turin chosen to host Eurovision Song Contest in 2022

The next edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2022 will be held in the northern Italian city of Turin, organisers confirmed on Friday.

Italy's Maneskin performs during the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam.
Italy's Maneskin performs during the final of the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam. Photo: KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP

“Turin has won the race to become the host city of the 66th Eurovision Song Contest, having triumphed over 16 other competing bids,” read a statement on the contest’s official website.

“The Grand Final will be held in PalaOlimpico on Saturday 14 May with Semi-Finals on 10 and 12 May.”

“We won! Turin has won!” mayor Chiara Appendino wrote in a celebratory post on Facebook.

Italian state broadcaster Rai said Turin had beaten off competition from the cities of Milan, Bologna, Rimini and Pesaro to host the event.

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Turin will be the third Italian city to host the event after Naples (which hosted in 1965) and Rome (1991), after Rome-based rock band Måneskin’s victory in Rotterdam earlier this year with the song ‘Zitti e buoni’.

That event, watched by 183 million people, was Italy’s third Eurovision win and its first for three decades.

‘Turin is the perfect Host City for the 66th Eurovision Song Contest,” said Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl.

“As we saw during the 2006 Winter Olympics, PalaOlimpico exceeds all the requirements needed to stage a global event of this scale and we have been very impressed with the enthusiasm and commitment from the City of Turin who will welcome thousands of fans next May.”

“This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Italy in 30 years and, together with our Host broadcaster Rai, we are determined to make it a special one.’

Turin was home to the 2006 Winter Olympics and is hosting the ATP Finals tennis tournament next month.