December 16, 2014 3:11 pm
Updated: December 16, 2014 3:17 pm

Blame thieves for stolen goods, not mail carriers: Canada Post union

A Canada Post package, mostly hidden by a plant, sits near a front door in Winnipeg Tuesday.

Tamara Forlanski / Global News

WINNIPEG — The union that represents Canada Post workers says its members shouldn’t be held accountable for parcels stolen after they are left on a doorstep.

“If a thief has made a conscious decision to enter private property and take something that is not their’s, that is beyond the control of Canada Post employees,” said Ben Zorn, the president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.

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In one case there was a sign instructing Canada Post to leave packages on the other side of an open porch door, but the box was left in plain sight on a doorstep. Zorn would not comment on that situation.

“I would need to hear the scenario from the letter carrier,” he said.

Global News sent Canada Post images of the boxes left on doorsteps Monday to see if they were left in appropriate locations, but received no response.

When asked again Tuesday, a spokesperson sent the following in an email:

“We try and find as best as possible areas to safely drop parcels. Unfortunately, no one is immuned(sic) to criminal activity. We are reinforcing our messaging with our employees.”

Global News again asked if the packages were left in appropriate locations, but no response was received by 1 p.m.

Winnipegger Marta Vodrey had a box of Christmas gifts stolen from in front of her home last week after Canada Post left the parcel on her doorstep when she wasn’t home.

READ MORE: Holiday deliveries vulnerable to thieves: victim

The company she ordered the items from is replacing and shipping them free of charge. She is still waiting for a response from Canada Post.

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