This past Tuesday a postal worker in Columbus, Ohio called two gay men “faggots” and then threatened to stop delivering their mail. Michael Coward when to check on his mail as the USPS worker was delivering it. The encounter was partly recorded on one of the victims’ cell phone.
It appears his waiting annoyed the worker, who would have preferred she finished placing the mail in the boxes.
This is part of the exchange:
“I started arguing with her and she called me a faggot,” he said.
The argument escalated from there.
“And then she just kept going on and on and on about me and my fiance being white faggots,” Coward said.
“Yeah, not just faggots,” his fiance Michael Vaughn said. “White faggots.”
Coward took out his phone to record the encounter. While the postal worker doesn’t use the word “faggot” in the clip, she confirms that she said it multiple times.
“You’ve called me a faggot at least 10 times,” he told her in the video.
She replied, “I called you what you are.”
Coward and Vaughn said that she then took their names off their mailbox and said that they wouldn’t get mail again.
“You’re telling us that you’re not going to deliver our mail because we’re… ‘White faggots,'” Vaughn said. “I don’t think that’s how that works.”
On Tuesday evening, the USPS said in a statement that they were taking the incident seriously.
“The allegations made against a Postal Service employee are very concerning,” the statement said. “These actions – if true – are not consistent with and don’t represent the values of the Postal Service organization and will not be tolerated. You can be assured that this alleged incident is being fully investigated and that the Postal Service will take whatever action is appropriate.”