Kitty Goes Postal? Needs an Impartial Trial?Published June 23, 2009
Ok . . . it is true that dogs can attack postal workers and can present a risk to carriers and I absolutely understand some of their concern toward "threatening canines", but I just about fell off my chair with this story that I ran across online, yesterday. It seems that Illy, a very active and rambunctious kitten may have thought that a mail-carrier's hand was a new and fascinating toy. I mean can't you just imagine how fascinating and appealing those magnetic dangling moving fingers which appeared through the mail slot in the front door might entice a curious kitty? Illy a six month old mixed breed kitten has "allegedly" attacked a mail carrier whose hand while delivering mail through a mail slot in the door. And to boot, this postal worker has become so fearful of delivering mail to Mr. Kenneth Ridge's home that a strong warning letter was sent to Mr. Ridge warning them "to discipline the kitten or to face a delivery ban." Photo credit: Roland Hoskins Dailymail.co.uk/ Kenneth Ridge, 65 and his son Bradley, 30, were stunned at the tone of the letter which called Illy's playful behavior an "attack". Oh my gosh . . . a fierce and dangerous kitty resides in a South-West London household. My knees are shaking in terror. Upon reading the warning letter, Mr. Ridge said, "Reading this letter you'd think I had a Rottweiler at home, it really was ridiculous. Illy is a kitten, she's very small and friendly and was just playing." He continued by adding, "We weren't here, but it seems some mail was put through the letterbox and the post woman's hand was scratched." The post office officials claim that this carrier suffered a bad cut to her hand while putting mail through the letter box in question. Here is what the letter sent to Mr. Ridge by an office manager at Royal Mail said: "I am writing to let you know that, on the 6th of June, our postman was attacked by your animal in your premises while delivering mail to your address. Animal attacks are a major cause of injury to Royal Mail staff and so I am writing to seek your co-operation in preventing a repeat of this unfortunate incident. I must advise you that, if any further incidents of this nature are allowed to take place, I shall have no alternative other than to consider suspending the delivery of mail to your home." Now think about it for a moment . . . suppose this injury was caused by a sharp edge in the mail-slot and not caused by Illy at all? Don't you think that Illy deserves a fair trial? Blaming Illy is a serious allegation and without any proof that she is the guilty party, this seems like a rather unfair assumption on the part of Royal Mail. I cannot imagine how a small kitten could cause this kind of severe injury. So my bet is on Mr. Ridge's purrfectly logical explanation. Do you think that Illy is being judged unfairly? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.