A rental truck was caught on a surveillance video dumping unopened letter mail and packages in the back of a remote parking lot.
The discarded materials formed a “huge pile” according to witness Lilia Serobian, who said she watched the incident from a spa that she owns.
“It happened early in the morning, 5:40, and it was a Budget rental, big truck, that backed up to the parking lot. And they’re like, slowly, one by one, they’re dropping the packages,” the witness said via the Washington Examiner, later describing the remaining mail as a “huge pile.”
Local outlet KTLA confirmed the story and said another pile of mail was discovered in an alley at another location in Glendale last week. The second pile also included unopened letters and packages.
The outlet also confirmed that all of the materials were sent through the United States Postal Service.
As the story broke, people online claimed this is further evidence of the untrustworthiness of the vote-by-mail system. From the report:
The report comes as some worry about mail-in ballots ahead of November’s election, as well as the Postal Service seeing mail delays in California.
Democrats have pushed for mail-in ballots to be utilized this election, citing coronavirus fears. President Trump, however, has said that voting by mail is open to corruption and a delay in the final tally.
“If you do universal mail-ins with millions and millions of ballots, you are never going to know what the real result of an election is,” Trump said this summer. “It’s going to be a very, very sad day for our country.”
Police in California are currently looking into what post office the mail came from and who rented the truck captured on video.