WHEN short-sighted pensioner
Alf Spence tottered down to
his local postbox to send a
card, he hoped he hadn‚Äôt
missed the last collection.
But as he popped the envelope
through the little slot a
concerned passerby looked at
him with a stunned expression.
The Good Samaritan tapped
befuddled Alf, 91, on the shoulder
and explained to him that he wasn‚Äôt
stood in front of a postbox but had
in fact posted his great-grandson‚Äôs
birthday card into a council DOG
POO waste bin!
Partially-blind Alf, of Bedale,
North Yorks, is now facing up to the
fact he‚Äôs been ‚Äúposting‚ÄĚ his
letters, cards and competition
entries into a box of steaming pooch
turd for the past TWO YEARS!
The World War II veteran, who
was part of the ill-fated Dieppe
Raid in 1942, told Sunday Sport: ‚ÄúI
walked down to the postbox, like I
do every week, and began placing
our Tommy‚Äôs third birthday card in
the little slot.
‚ÄúA woman walking her dog came
up to me, tapped me on the shoulder,
and asked what I was doing.
‚ÄúI thought she was going to cry
when I told her. She held my hand
and pointed out that the postbox
was on the other side of the road.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve not got the best eyesight
these days but even so, the postbox
and the dog dirt box are almost
identical. They‚Äôre both red, the
same shape and stuck on a post.
‚ÄúI bet I‚Äôm not the only pensioner
to get confused. The bloody council
should never have put them so
Alf has since contacted Royal
Mail telling them to cancel their
investigation into the hundreds of
missing letters and parcels he‚Äôs
sent over the last two years.
The widower, who lost his wife
Betsie to the sea in 1989, said: ‚ÄúI
accused them of losing my post,
saying their service was rubbish. I
now owe them an apology.‚ÄĚ
Alf ‚Äôs daughter Susan May, 59,
told Sunday Sport she was relieved
the riddle of the missing letters
had finally been solved.
The mum of four, from Luton,
Beds, said: ‚ÄúEvery time I asked dad
if he‚Äôd remembered one of kids‚Äô
birthdays, he‚Äôd say, ‚ÄėYes, there‚Äôs a
cheque in the post‚Äô.
‚ÄúWhen they never showed up we
thought he was either losing his
marbles or was just plain lying.
‚ÄúSo it‚Äôs nice to know he was at
least trying, bless him.‚ÄĚ
She added: ‚ÄúWhat I‚Äôd like to know
is why the people who empty the dog
poo box have never wondered why
Dad‚Äôs letters are in there.
‚ÄúSurely they could have passed
them on to Royal Mail or forwarded
them on to the addressees with a
letter saying where they were found?‚ÄĚ
A source at North Yorkshire
District Council confirmed they
had erected the red dog waste bins
in June 2009 ‚Äď‚Äď around the time
when Alf‚Äôs mail started mysteriously
source: the sun