Homeowner: Halloween Display Created Mail Delivery Issue

Sophia Hall
October 18, 2019 - 7:04 pm
Halloween Decorations

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BRENTWOOD, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A mail carrier on Long Island says a Halloween display is offensive and he is uncomfortable delivering the mail, but the homeowner calls it “scary” and “fun for kids.”

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, Rich Beatty, of Brentwood, loves Halloween and spends days decorating the front lawn of his house.

“This is all about a good time. I enjoyed Halloween when I was a kid,” he tells her.

But, along with the ghosts and tombstones there is another decoration, which is also consider a symbol of hate. 

It’s a homemade noose – that normally has a skeleton hanging from it.

However, on the day when the mail carrier – who is African-America – saw the decoration, the skeleton had been removed because of high winds.

He says he found the lone noose offensive and stopped delivering the mail. The post master then told Beatty he must pick his mail up at the post office.

“That skeleton in the noose is a prop. I built it. I built everything that's out here on the front lawn and the day after Halloween it comes down along with everything else,” Beatty said of the decoation.

According to a U.S. Postal Service spokesperson, a mail carrier has the prerogative to skip delivery to a home if they feel their personal or physical safety is threatened.

After Beatty complained, the mail carrier said he would decide on a day-by-day basis whether he felt comfortable enough to deliver the mail.

On Friday, Hall notes that Beatty received his mail in the box outside of his house.