Farrell, a 45-year-old Belfair resident, went to work for the U.S. Postal Service as a contract mail delivery driver in 1991, a role he continued in until his misconduct came to light in 2010.
According to court documents, the Postal Service began investigating Farrell after other employees found a load of letters he was to deliver dumped in a recycling bin.
Investigators followed Farrell on a route, watching as he spent his day at a tavern before taking the mail to his home and burning it in a fire pit. A search of Farrell’s residence uncovered nearly 8,000 letters.
Farrell, it turned out, had no malicious reason for keeping the mail. He just didn’t feel like doing the work he was paid for.
“His conduct reflects extreme laziness and a complete lack of consideration for the customers that he serviced,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Woods told the court. “Farrell repeatedly made the decision that he would rather spend his work hours not working, covering up his crime by stoking a fire pit with the very mail that he was supposed to be delivering.”