This may seem a bit far afield, but heck, Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow today, so we're all in the need of cheering up. Which brings us to the poopy mailman who dropped off a very unexpected package at a Portland, Ore., home back in April 2011. Well, the defecating mail carrier was back on the job today. Same route, too, we s... you not.
The unidentified postal worker was caught on camera squatting in the bushes near Patricia Yamal's southeast Portland home. A neighbor, Don Derfler, took pictures from his own home.
Derfler told reporters at the time, "He started pulling his pants down and started defecating. At that point, I grabbed my camera and started taking pictures. This is how they respect our property? It's just not right, and it's also a biohazard."
The mailman was suspended and placed on unpaid leave -- and mighty embarrassed, co-workers said. And of course, the U.S. Postal Service apologized.
Said Ross Anderson of the USPS: "For the years that I've worked for the Postal Service, I've never heard of an incident like this and I hope I never do again."
Derfler's neighbor, only known by his first name Dennis, added: "Nature calls at inopportune times, but jeez, go back to your rig and find a gas station for crying out loud."
Here's Derfler recalling the day the mailman dropped a nasty in his neighbor's bushes.
Yamal tells KATU News in Portland that she was shocked by the surprise package, but isn't holding a grudge, calling last year's incident a "funny, tragic kind of situation."