Postie hoarded mail for 17 years 'cause he couldn't be bothered delivering it

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About 24,000 pieces of undelivered mail have been found at a former Japanese postman's house. Photo credit: Getty

About 24,000 pieces of undelivered mail have been found at a former Japanese postman's house.

Police have launched an investigation into the hoarding, but it might not take long. The 61-year-old has already told them he didn't do it because it was "too much bother", Kyodo News reported.

Officials in Kanagawa became suspicious last year, and presented evidence to police linking him with 1000 undelivered items. 

But now it's believed he may have been holding onto packages and letters since 2003.

"We discovered them late as the cache was at his home, which is beyond the confines of an internal inspection," a mail spokesman said.

"We'll have talks with the police on the undelivered items and offer apologies to the senders and receivers as we deliver them."

 

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