1.1 min readBy Published On: July 18th, 2015Categories: News9 Comments on A Southie mail carrier is not too happy with the city

Read his letter below

Dear Mr. Linehan, 

I wanted to reach out to you and bring light to asituation that happened earlier today. I am a hardworking, dedicated,personable mail carrier in South Boston, my name is David Johnson. This morning I parked on H st. and ran into the office to grab my first couple hours of deliveries, hazard lights on and an issued postal placard displayed on my dashboard. While I was organizing my things an inquiry on a customer hold was brought up and took a few minutes to resolve. I returned to where I had parked my vehicle 20-25 minutes later to find it had been towed due to street cleaning ordinances. The tow company, D&D towing charged me 128 dollars and the City of Boston 40. I’m new to the post office and do not yet have the most impressive pay, I work hard for my money, 7 days a week, up to 14 hours a day, 65 hours a week, all in service to the residents of South Boston. 

I understand these are the rules that are set, but at what point is
this preying on people? If you could provide me with any assistance in this
matter I would be very much appreciative. Thank you for your time taken to
read my email and wish you the best. 

David Johnson


  1. Anonymous July 18, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    And the City of Boston supports their behavior by subcontracting out to them. The city should totally eliminate the towing portion of street cleaning. These vultures came about because of Menino getting large campaign donations from them, similar to they way developers are paying off the politicians today.

  2. SouthoftheBostonfireworks July 18, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    rules are rules. the P.O. on E 3rd has an employee parking lot, why not pull in there and park? why should the streets (that absolutely need to be cleaned) not get cleaned because you feel entitled?

  3. Paul July 18, 2015 at 9:08 pm
    Welcome to Southie!!!
  4. Jan Childs July 19, 2015 at 12:26 am

    David, do you have a drive out agreement?



  5. Dave July 19, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Have you seen the lot at the PO?  They were in the process of emptying the dumpster and 3rd st. Is out of the question, it was 11 o'clock, 2 hours past the start time, I ran in with the intention of a brief pick up which unfortunately stretched to about 20-25 minutes and the parking had slipped my mind.  No street sweepers in sight I was only trying to perform my job and do what I felt I had to do. Was it an impulsive and poor decision on my part?  Absolutely, but to say I did this out of a sense of entitlement could not be further from the truth.  My grievance is that i was ticketed and towed all within 20 minutes, my hazards were on and I had a government issued placard on the dash stating a letter carrier is working in the area.  I wasn't getting a PS coffee or picking up take out, I was in the process of performing my duties to serve the residents of Southie.

  6. Susan Gailunas July 19, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    He put his postal placard on the dashboard.  The ticketing person could have taken a second to run into the P.O. and have him move the car before it was towed.  

  7. Bob July 20, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Welcome to south Boston where double parking for 2 hours is ok but do not park for a minute during street cleaning hours in the wrong side of the street.

  8. Anonymous July 21, 2015 at 9:22 pm
    Wait!!! I thought they stopped towing?
  9. Southie resident July 22, 2015 at 8:31 pm

    The tow truck company is not to blame here. The city of Boston ticket lady has to ticket the vehicle before the tow trucks are authorize to tow.  If having a post office placard deserved not to be towed the ticket person would not have ticketed the car, which would ensure the towing company doesn't tow it. Don't blame the towing company who is just trying to do their job and follow their contract with the city. 

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