A RETIRED postman has blasted the Royal Mail after four birthday cards were violated on the way to their destinations.
Malcolm Hipwell was left cursing his former employers when he sent a birthday card to his cancer-recovering brother, Keith, in Solihull – only for it to be chopped into four pieces before delivery.
“This used to be the finest postal system in the world,” he said.
“My brother has just recovered from prostate cancer and his wife Christine has a got cancer for the second time. They just don’t need this hassle.”
What really annoyed Mr Hipwell, who spent over 30 years in the industry, was that it was the FOURTH incident in as many months – posing the question how safe is our post?
The 74-year-old sent a greetings card to his daughter for her birthday which arrived cut up, his daughter sent a card to her cousin which never arrived and a card heading in the other direction was also badly tampered with.
Mr Hipwell, who now lives in Devon, said things are not the same as in his day. “There is an increased interference in our post,” he said. “When I first started in 1955 we were told about honesty and integrity. Things must have changed now.
“I remember one Christmas I put one million cards through a machine in a 12-hour shift, yet now I can’t send a birthday card to my brother.”
Mr Hipwell is urging people not to include valuable items with cards because of the risk they face in losing it.
Royal Mail said in a statement: “We are sorry to learn about the problems Mr Malcolm Hipwell has been experiencing with our postal services and would advise him to contact our customer services Helpline on 08457 740740 so that detailed investigations can be made into the individual incidents.”