August 20, 2015 After a resident in Foscoe submitted a complaint, a postal carrier out of the Banner Elk office is no longer flying a small Confederate battle flag while delivering mail, according to U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman Freda Sauter.
Charlie Handley, who lives in the Sleepy Hollow community off of N.C. 105, recently observed his mail carrier “sporting a rebel flag” on his Jeep Cherokee while on duty. He said he took offense to this as a taxpayer.
“I didn’t like the idea that somebody employed by the U.S. government is doing that during their work hours,” Handley said. “I have no problem if they are flying it from their own car or in front of their own house.”
On Thursday morning, Sauter said that the carrier removed the 6”-x-8” flag from his vehicle and apologized to Handley. Sauter wouldn’t identify the employee but said that he was a full-time career employee.
U.S. Postal Service policy regarding employees driving their own vehicles states, according to Sauter, that employees must cover up any “political bumper stickers … during the time that the car is used for work.”