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'Overwhelmed' Mailman Arrested for Only Delivering 'Important Mail'

It didn't work out for Charlie and Mac, and it didn't work out for this guy.
Screencap via 'It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.'

In the fourth season of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the gang is scared into getting health insurance after Dee has a minor heart attack. In their grand scheme to get coverage, Charlie and Mac wind up working in an office mailroom, which doesn't go well from the start. They quickly incinerate the mail they deem "unimportant," and Charlie gets overwhelmed when he can't find an employee named Pepe Silvia, starts hallucinating, and ultimately stops delivering any mail at all.

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The endless piles of mail put the gang through unprecedented levels of stress—stress that ultimately real-life Brooklyn mail worker Aleksey Germash says caused him to hoard 17,000 pieces of undelivered letters and packages for more than a decade, Pix 11 reports.

Like Mac and Charlie, the 53-year-old allegedly told investigators he was "overwhelmed by the amount of mail that he had to deliver" and resorted only to delivering mail he deemed "important," according NBC New York. He was arrested after police received a tip that he had 20 bags of mail piled up in his car, and investigators later found 10,000 pieces of mail in the vehicle, as well as about 1,000 pieces in his locker, and around 6,000 pieces in his apartment.

Besides bearing resemblance to the Always Sunny plot line, the case is similar to two others that occurred earlier this month. Cops in Italy just arrested a mail carrier with 880 pounds of undelivered mail who had just stopped doing his job because he felt he was underpaid. And postal inspectors in New York recently removed 60 "kitchen-sized bags" of mail that postal worker in Long Island had stashed in his shed.

Although Charlie and Mac were fired after only a few days on the job, the postal workers in Brooklyn, Italy, and Long Island all managed to get away with keeping people's letters for months or even years. It all goes to show that working at a job for years that induces enough stress to make you a hoarder probably isn't worth having—no matter how good the health insurance might be.

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