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That Letter From Italy? Lazy Postman Hides Mail For Three Years



ROME- Ever mail something that just flat disappears? Wondering where it wound up? For thousands of Italians whose mail was lost, the only consolation is that they now know where it went. For some, the answer may be exactly what they'd feared: in a pile in some lazy postman's house.

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Simone Ramella

Two hundred kilograms (440 lbs) of mail was discovered by an Italian police Carabinieri unit in the small town of Agosta, east of Rome, with some dating back to 2011 reports La Stampa. Officers discovered the bags of mail during a normal patrol, spotting the emblem of the Italian Post Office. Eventually, they traced the mail to a 50-year-old mailman who, on occasions, had left work early -- leaving letters and parcels undelivered to businesses and homes -- and just bringing it all back to his house, to throw it away later.

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The surviving post was sent back to the distribution center to be delivered (better late than never!) to the addressees. The postman was charged with multiple offenses including property infringement and suppression of correspondence.

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FOCUS: Israel-Palestine War

BDS And Us: Gaza's Toll Multiplies Boycotts Of Israel And Its Allies — Seinfeld Included

In Egypt and elsewhere in the region and the world, families and movements are mobilizing against companies that support Israel's war on Gaza. The power of the people lies in their control as consumers — and the list of companies and brands to boycott grows longer.

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A campaign poster to boycott Burger King in Bangkok, Malü

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Mohammed Hamama

CAIRO — Ali Al-Din’s logic is simple and straightforward: “If you buy a can (of soda), you'll get the bullet too...”

Those bullets are the ones killing the children of Gaza every day, and the can he refuses to buy is “kanzaya” – the popular Egyptian soft drink. It is just one of a long list of products he had the habit of consuming. Ali is nine years old.

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The clarity and simplicity of this logic has pushed Ali Al-Din to boycott all the products on the lists people are circulating of companies that have supported Israel since the attacks on Gaza began in October. His mother, Heba, points out that her son took responsibility for overseeing the boycott in their home.

A few days ago, he saw a can of “Pyrosol” insecticide, but he thought it was one of the products of the “Raid” company that was on the boycott’s lists. He warned his mother that this product was on the boycott list, but she explained that the two products were different. Ali al-Din and his younger brother also abstained from eating any food from McDonald's. “They love McDonald’s very much,” his mother says. “But they refuse.”

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