Video: Mail Delivery halted to some customers because letter carrier afraid of snakes


CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) – There’s a slithering problem in Rogers Park, and it has slowed mail delivery to a crawl on one block.

Snakes are out and on the prowl. Garter snakes, to be specific, and there’s a lot of them.  First couple of days of spring there can be hundreds around,” said Bill Hawkins.


He’s not afraid of snakes, but he is afraid of what mail he might be missing because the mail carrier is deathly afraid of snakes and won’t deliver to his half of the block. For some, mail has only been delivered twice in the last two weeks.

“We got it on a Saturday because it was a different letter carrier, and then we got it last Wednesday,” said Lisa Yanny-Tillar.

She says when she tried to complain to the post office, she was told she should call animal control.

On Chase Avenue, they are frustrated because the Post Office isn’t doing anything about the problem and the mail carrier left a notice saying they had to provide an alternative mail receptacle if they wanted their mail.

“I’m not wholly blaming her,” said Hawkins. “I’m more blaming her bosses for not getting someone else over here.

Source: Garter snakes preventing Rogers Park residents from getting their mail | WFLD