Everyone’s got a bone to pick with so-called “scalpers” at the moment who take advantage of desperate shoppers, but what about the folks responsible for transporting the shipments of the products in the first place? Well, one postal worker in the US state of Connecticut put a target on their back when they began a spree of stealing consoles and various other items back in 2020.
As reported by Polygon, over a roughly two month period between February and April 2020, Zoheb Deura, a former worker for the United States Postal Service, was caught red-handed in the act by the Inspector General for the company.
Deura has been found guilty of stealing “numerous packages, including packages containing an Apple computer, PlayStation and Nintendo gaming devices, an iPhone, footwear and clothing items.”
Following an investigation, Deura was charged and pleaded guilty to embezzlement on October 21, 2020. He has also resigned from working for the United States Postal Service since the incident.
While it’s not often thought about, there are occasional cases like this where your packages are stolen, not by porch pirates, but the very people responsible for getting it to you. Thankfully, this isn’t super-common, but it’s always an unfortunate occurrence when it happens because then the retailer responsible for selling the item now has to deal with getting these straight with a disgruntled customer who isn’t getting the package they paid for. And with items of high value like electronics, the situation becomes all the tenser.
It wouldn’t be surprising if “postal poachers” may also double as scalpers from time-to-time. A scalper is someone who buys a bulk shipment of a highly-popular item and then sells them for a markup to buyers who are desperate to get their hands on one amidst perceived scarcity. Remember, unless it’s a limited-time run of a product, you will get the chance to buy it; you just need to exercise patience. Don’t let the fear of missing out (FOMO) get to you and then you pay money for something that isn’t worth that price.