Signed, Sealed, and Delivered

Somebody at the Imagine Penn Hills Post Office had helped themselves to a five finger discount. They had a burglar, a thief, a regular sticky-fingers, in their midst. However you said it, the situation was the same and money was missing!“Uh oh,” declared Lily, the 2nd grade manager of the Postal Agency, her face a mask of concern.

“330 Micros are missing from our money box. I counted a minute ago and we had $400. This is not good.”   

“That’s big money,” agreed Dejuan, a 1st grade delivery clerk, as he looked around on the floor for any misplaced bills. Shaking his head, he announced, “I don’t see nothing.”

“Anything,” corrected Lily, who by  then had begun to manage the situation.

“Cinncere, why don’t you go file a report with the Peace Keepers?” In the meantime, Lily hung up the “Closed” sign. No mail would be moving that day. Minutes later, Cinncere returned with Officer Kiersten. Pad in hand, Kiersten put the skills she’d learned from their community partner, Detective Trogler to use:

“Did any of your customers or employees look suspicious?” 

Suspicious was a big word. “What does that mean?” chimed Nyier, a kindergartner, his eyes wide. 

“Like they were up to no good,” answered Lilly. She scanned the faces of her employees, looking for answers.

“One of the big kids was in here for a while,” Nyier said, “And he didn’t even have any mail.” Officer Kiersten knew exactly what to do.

“Come with me,” she reached out her hand. “I’ll need you to give me a description of this citizen so we can find him.”

With Nyier’s description, and testimony from additional witnesses, there was enough evidence to bring the suspect, Shane, to trial. Sitting in front of the Postal employees, a jury of his peers, and a 1st grade judge was too much for the defendant. Clearly regretful, Shane declared, “I did it. I took the money.”

After a brief deliberation, the jury found Shane guilty and the judge sentenced him to pay back 165 Micros, half of what he had taken.

“It’s going to take you a loooong time to pay that back,” she asserted “but I think by then you will have learned your lesson.” The defendant shook his head in rueful affirmation.  

Justice had been delivered, and now, thankfully, the mail could be too – just in time for the holidays!


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