Before I went to college, I worked at the Post Office in Penistone for a year. Then I worked there again each holiday to keep me in money.
The regular postmen and women told me tales of one postman who used to dump letters on his round to save him the trouble of delivering them. He was caught out when a cache of letters were found in a hedge.
It seems that a postman here in Alicante was doing the same thing but on an industrial scale.
From Monday to Friday, he clocked in at the central post office in Alicante, picking up bags and bags of mail to be delivered.
But what the former postman did next is now under investigation after more than 20,000 undelivered letters dating back to 2012 and 2013 were found crammed into bin bags at his home.
The discovery came after the 62-year-old sold his house in Biar, a town of about 3,600 people at the foot of the mountains near Alicante. When a construction crew showed up to renovate the newly purchased house, they found rubbish bags scattered throughout.
After the man ignored repeated pleas to empty the house, the builders began opening the bags. What they found were stacks of sealed letters, bills and frayed official correspondence dating back a decade.
Police suspicions swiftly fell on the former owner of the house. In 2013, the post office had opted not to renew his temporary contract, citing what police described as “irregularities” that had plagued his delivery route in his year as a postman.
The man was arrested by the Guardia Civil last week and accused of “infidelity in the safekeeping of documents”.