Police Reports: Two Postal Workers Arrested for Assault Charge

An employee tangled with the postmaster when he wanted to leave work early.

Monroe, CT -- Two U.S. Postal workers were arrested Wednesday following a physical altercation outside a Monroe post office.

Officers responding to two complaints of a fight interviewed Postmaster James Rooney, 55, and employee John Beddington, 43.

According to the report, at around 12:07 p.m., Beddington told police he was leaving early because he didn't feel well, when he was confronted outside by Rooney. Rooney allegedly started yelling at Beddington and grabbed him around the neck, police said.

Beddington told officers that he did not strike Rooney, but Rooney claims that he was just talking to Beddington when Beddington sucker punched him on the right cheek, according to the report.

Police said that Beddington's neck was red, but had no scratches and that there were no visible abrasions on Rooney's face. Based on the sworn statements, both men were arrested.

Rooney of Sanford Drive in Easton and Beddington of Mountain Road in Seymour were both charged with disorderly conduct and released on a promise to appear in court on June 14.

Entitled Postal Worker June 11, 2012 at 01:37 PM
How about showing us where we have received taxpayer dollars? You keep saying the same things but I see no proof. SHOW US where the USPS has received taxpayer dollars the past four years. If the USPS was funded by taxpayers, what need would there be to sell stamps and postage?
The Righteous Man June 11, 2012 at 05:48 PM
So many people posting comments and no one can put it in a proper perspective! Yes,the USPS is self-sustaining and doesn't use taxpayer money (other than what they spend at the post office for stamps,money orders,shipping parcels,etc).Not all offices are the same,every office has at least one,maybe two bad apples,it's no different from any other career out there. There are very few good supervisors,and a LOT of bad ones who like to crack a whip and use words to "indirectly intimidate" the craft employees.The same applies to postmasters.
The Righteous Man June 11, 2012 at 05:49 PM
For 11 1/2 years I was an employee,loved it when I finally made window clerk,then when they started making the large offices into postal stores (which IMO was a BIG waste of money to do) and putting surveillance cameras above every station and having it monitored by the PM/OIC (that's Postmaster/Officer In Charge for you non-postal employees) and if it looked like you were taking too long to answer a customer's questions or if there was a lull in the lobby,he would come out complaining about not working hard enough,that took the fun out of the job.
The Righteous Man June 11, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Yes,the mail is measured by the foot so the supervisors can see how long its gonna take all the employees from the distribution clerks who sort it by route to carriers who sweep the cases and bring it to their own sorting case and put the mail in that,to pulling it in sequence,loading it into their LLV and doing their route.Supervisors do tail a carrier to measure the route time and see if the carrier has hazards to slow him or her down,using shortcuts (like crossing lawns instead of using the sidewalks).Carriers have to list 3 places they will use to take their lunch on the road and they can't deviate from it,unless they request to change it.Window clerks get two breaks and lunch,and break times are assigned (which can be overridden by a supervisor to either take it earlier or later<and not disrupting the lunch break times)so if there's a long line and an employee is told to go on break by a supervisor,they must do so,whether anyone likes it or not. Yes the pay is pretty good,honestly in the Northeast it ain't enough money (Cost of living). I left because I found a stress free job that paid almost the same and the years of keeping the stress/aggravation bottled up from these supervisors would eventually cause me to blow sooner or later.I enjoyed doing what I did,but for the sake of my wife and newborn daughter at the time,I had to make a change.Transferring to a different office would mean starting at the bottom again,and I didn't want to take chances.
The Righteous Man June 11, 2012 at 05:50 PM
So,to the public who don't have a clue,don't judge a book by its cover.Get the facts first and see the other side.I hope this helps.Oh,and I bet the PM gets a slap on the wrist and the carrier gets a suspension,which is totally unfair.The carrier should bring the PM up on internal charges and the employees take a stand and back him up.They'll remove the PM and probably promote him,or transfer him to a different office.
The Righteous Man June 11, 2012 at 05:56 PM
I know of one office that did that,and in the words of former President Nixon :"We never fire anybody.We always promote the SOB's who **** us in the @$$". The PM was promoted and given a desk job in the regional operations office.But at least they got a better PM after that.
Christine E. June 11, 2012 at 06:35 PM
I love reading this. I can't believe how much complaining you people do. No one is forcing you to work for the Postal Service. This is a path you chose. With so many unemployed people, and so many people who lost their savings and pensions...you would think you'd be grateful to at least have a job, let alone a job with good pay, benefits and a pension. 10 hours per day, 6 days per week...so what? Plenty of people work 6 days per week for far less...are we supposed to feel sorry for you? Did you not know the post office was open on Saturday when you applied for the job? The only thing this forum has provided is confirmation to the general public of what a miserable group of people you are. If you think you're gaining supporters, you're sadly mistaken.
DG Jones June 11, 2012 at 10:04 PM
good answer!!!
Tim June 11, 2012 at 10:44 PM
These USPS 'workers' are amazing....they sound like little kids griping why mom and dad won't let THEM run the household.... THEY know so much more than the people who call the shots, THEY should be able to have COMPLETE freedom....THEY think THEY are ENTITLED... GO WORK IN CORPORATE USA........TRY THAT!!!! YOU could NOT handle it....YOU WOULD GET FIRED within 1 day..... GEEZ.....it is amazing how entitled they think they are. They work for a MONOPOLY. A MONOPOLY does not have competition...We HAVE to mail first class postage through the USPS...I feel sorry for the Postmasters...they are babysitters, first and foremost...No wonder why they are made out to be terrible human beings...Thankfully some of them are trying to keep order and some sense of running a business alive and well in the nurseries they try to direct. GEEZ....QUIT YOUR SORRY A** WHINING.....Or better yet, just QUIT your frickin' job if you don't like it....
Tim June 11, 2012 at 11:11 PM
By the way, when I was got a job as a kid, at 13 years old, I worked in a bowling alley/bar....I would work on weekends during the school year and 5-6 days a week in the summer. Our postman would come in at about 8:30 - 9AM and have 2 mixed drinks before continuing on his route....That told me that it was a pretty cush job....where else could you do that, with your truck parked right at the front door of the bar, and NOT GET FIRED. They MAY or may not be more strict now.....but that ain't saying much.
Entitled Postal Worker June 12, 2012 at 12:11 AM
As I posted earlier, you are free to send your letters, bills, and other correspondence through FedEx, UPS, or another delivery carrier. No one is forcing you to use the USPS. I am sure that the companies I mentioned will be more than happy to do this for 45 cents anywhere in the U.S. And if the addressee has moved, I am sure that they will forward what you sent for up to one year at no extra charge. Go ahead Tim, step up to the plate and back up your talk. Like I said, the USPS won't miss you one bit.
Entitled Postal Worker June 12, 2012 at 12:29 AM
T Ingram, you may not understand this but the window clerks get a break and a lunch period during their shift. I imagine that you receive these on your job, also. If it is the clerk's time for their break or lunch it is management's responsibility to assign another clerk to the window to cover as relief until the original clerk returns. So blame them, not the clerk that is taking a scheduled break or lunch they are supposed to get during their shift.
Ron McVay June 12, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Actually TIM, the person who actually does the job does know it better than the supervisor. The Postmaster doesn't get involved at that level, the carrier supervisor does. They put more and more pressure on the carrier, who doesn't even have time to correct mistakes made by automation. Several times a year, I take misdelivered mail to the right address, which was delivered to me my mistake. The job is a lot harder than YOU think, if you think at all! Judging by your comments, that is highly debatable!
Ron McVay June 12, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Hi Christine- I retired from the PO in 2007. Great benefits? Sure, if you call $1000 a month great. I worded inside the postal plant, at the mail processing part of it. You say be greatful? Now days, management does anything and everthing, just to get people to quit, or retire. Yes the pay is OK, but with each passing day, the workfloor enviornment becomes more and more depressing. And who is asking anybody to feel sorry for the PO employee? By the way, what was the Postmaster doing going outside to confront the "ill" employee, who had already clocked out. That just isn't done, unless you are some kind of tyrant!!
Ron McVay June 12, 2012 at 01:05 AM
BTW, you worked in a bowling alley/BAR at 13. Really? BAR? You must have or else how would you know what he was drinking? B*ll Sh*t, there little Timmy
Tim June 12, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Entitled....I DON'T have a CHOICE....What part of that do you NOT understand....If I want to mail something 1st class, I HAVE to mail it USPS....They have a little thing called a MONOPOLY....ever hear of it??? Not the game....The real thing..... And your attitude that you "wouldn't miss my business" is EXACTLY what is wrong with the peons that man the counters and deliver the stuff..... After all this discussion, you peons have made me champions of the Postmasters....they got a pile of garbage to work with and they're trying to turn it into a rose garden..... By the way, FedEx or UPS or ANYONE else would love to get their hands on the national mail delivery system (whoever it was would have to get exclusivity on the 1st class market, JUST LIKE THE USPS HAS NOW)...The FIRST thing they would do is FIRE the dead weight like YOU and start MAKING some MONEY...
Walt June 12, 2012 at 11:20 AM
It's legalized welfare. Go to three days, monday, wednesday, friday delivery. If it weren't for all the junk crap that everybody throws out the usps would have been gone years ago.
Geezer June 12, 2012 at 11:52 AM
Actually the management and the window clerk at Stevenson are the same person. She's very customer service oriented.
POSTAL WORKER June 12, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Yeah you can work for the postal service if an only if you can pass the civil service exam. Good luck. Take the test and then maybe you will truly see what it takes to be a postal worker.
POSTAL WORKER June 12, 2012 at 03:13 PM
The postal service delivers to every single door all over the world. FedX and UPS will not do this they dont even want to deliver the packages that they are suppose to deliver the ones that are given to them, they pass them on to the USPS and only do the ones that they want to. The post service delivers to everyone no matter what. Could you imagine the UPS or FEDX going door to door now that will never happen. And plus what jobs do they even have in their organization that are fuul time. Fulltime with part time benefits. Please get informed. The postal service is the best job around. And concerning working in corporate america I did that. Was working before I even had working papers. Worked in Hospitals. Group homes, retail, and factory. I agree some of the people that work here are whiners ane tramps that use what they have to get what they want. Which makes it bad for everyone else that have to work hard and fight for promotion. Still all in all I would whether work hard then to sleep around to get around. And in 5 years at 55 with 25 years service at the PO I have the option of retiring and will I ever enjoy it knowing that I have worked hard all my life to acheive it.
QWERTY June 12, 2012 at 04:04 PM
I've seen the caliber of employee at the post office, test can't be that hard.
QWERTY June 12, 2012 at 04:17 PM
The post office needs more uniformity and simplicity in their procedures. There's 10 different ways to send mails these days, with 20 different features. Stop with the tiers and pricing structures. I have to INSURE my package against USPS's incompetence?! I'm charged by weight, distance, contents AND size?! I have to PAY to get confirmation that my package was delivered!? How about I just pay the USPS and then deliver the package myself? Is that the next step in the postal service evolution? Stop delivering mail 6 days a week, eliminate Wednesday delivery or a similar surrounding day. It's an abomination that USPS and the government make decisions with only a minority of the population in mind. If someone's dependent on mail for life saving supplies then they probably shouldn't be living in remote Kansas!
Christine E. June 12, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I'm not driving to Stevenson from Stepney to use the post office. Shouldn't have to.
pacfan June 12, 2012 at 06:51 PM
LETS GET SPECIFIC ABOUT THE MONROE POST OFFICE: I go there several times a week. In spite of Poor AC, Understaffing, Challenged Leadership, and having to deal with the Occasional Nut Case, the staff (and especially the counter people) go out of their way to be helpful, be courteous, and work as quickly as possible. As a customer (and as a witness to service for others), the staff at our Post Office go out of their way to try to provide the best service as possible especially with these constraints and that they must work under additional challenges that are out of their individual control (prices and policies). As far as I am concerned these people do a Great job under all of these constraints.
Entitled Postal Worker June 13, 2012 at 03:03 AM
Who says you HAVE to use the USPS to send something somewhere in the U.S.? UPS or FedEx will be glad to take your correspondence, put it into one of their envelopes, and get it to your desired destination. It might cost you more than 45 cents, though. In response to the rest of your post, I am a plant worker, not a window clerk or carrier. So don't blame them for my attitude. And no, I wouldn't miss the business of a big crybaby like you....you use our services but do nothing but snivel and whine. If you think UPS or FedEx could (or would be even willing to try) to provide universal service like the USPS for the price of 45 cents, you are truly delusional. Like I posted earlier, I think you are just jealous of our pay and bennies. Well, that's just tough- instead of hating on us, why don't you work a little harder at YOUR job. Maybe if you kiss your boss's behind a little more, he'll promote you from greeter to retrieving carts from the parking lot.
Entitled Postal Worker June 13, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Unions draining funds? What are you talking about? If you mean union dues, postal employees pay those voluntarily. And if a postal worker chooses not to join the union, they still get union representation up to a certain level.
Entitled Postal Worker June 13, 2012 at 03:32 AM
If you read my post talking about the pay and benefits, I'm not complaining. I guess you are one of those people who work 6 days per week, right? And like I told Tim, I couldn't care less if you support us or not. There are nearly 300 million people in the U.S. and if you don't like us or want to use our services, go ahead with someone else. You won't be missed and I'll still collect my paycheck (for a 5 day week).
MARIE June 18, 2012 at 06:24 PM
People shouldn't comment on something when they really don't know what happened. You don't know the whole story or the REAL story.
Anonymous July 12, 2012 at 11:05 PM
I have over 25 years of stories. Entitlement is an appropriately descriptive (but limited) word for the USPS along with similar state agencies, city, county, municipalities and the like. All of you good and kind folk here can't handle the truth. You don't want to know the true reality of what is wrong. So just keep plugging away at your safe little routine and forget about that scary boogie-man in the closet. Think twice before you smart off to the government worker or the trash-man. You never know when it might be "his" “last day”. You don’t know what scary is. None of it matters. One day you will be gone. THE END Think forward and ask yourself; What will it matter then? It won’t matter. It won’t matter at all. Be grateful for little things and give thanks. Perhaps one little kind word or a smile might help someone. We don’t look at things in perspective but rather with judgment. Everyone goes through their own little “Hell”. Be honest with yourself and be honest to your children. Be an example for them to follow. That one simple thing will help. Anonymous
Karen G. French September 04, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Does anyone know the last name of the monroe carrier, Jesus? Monroe Post office won't tell me.


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