Mail Carrier Refuses To Make Deliveries At Home With 'Racist' Halloween Display

Richard Beatty said that the skeleton is meant to be spooky, not racist.

Islip, NY – A U.S. mail carrier has refused to make deliveries at one Brentwood homeowner’s residence because he alleged that the Halloween decorations in the man’s front yard were racist.

In addition to the bats, ghosts, and graveyard scene Richard Beatty set up in his front yard, he also erected makeshift gallows with a skeleton hanging from a noose, WCBS reported.

Beatty said he’s been displaying his homemade decorations in his yard for years without a problem, but that his mail carrier, who is black, raised concerns about the décor this year.

“The postmaster himself came here and knocked on my door and said he was suspending my mail until I took this stuff down,” Beatty told WCBS. “I said, ‘do what you have to do because I’m not taking it down.’”

The homeowner denied that the noose – which sometimes hangs freely when it is windy – was intended to be racist.

“I think it’s ridiculous,” he told WCBS. “It’s not meant to be racist. It’s not meant to offend anybody. It’s here to be scary, spooky. It’s a graveyard. It’s spooky. It’s Halloween. That’s what it’s all about.”

The post office refused to deliver Beatty’s mail for one day before they sent in a fill-in mail carrier.

“I don’t think the post office of all people should be the ones telling me what I can and can’t do on my own property,” said Beatty, who has also filed a complaint with the inspector general, WCBS reported.

According to a postal service spokesperson, the post office can refuse to deliver mail “based on personal or physical safety,” WCBS reported.

The postal service said it will “monitor conditions on a day-to-day basis.”

One local resident said she agreed with the mail carrier, and alleged that the noose needs to be taken down “because he’s disrespecting the other African-American neighbors,” WCBS reported.

Another neighbor argued that the gallows don’t present a danger to anyone.

“There’s only two reasons basically that they can stop the mail and that’s if it’s unsafe conditions for carrier or if his life is threatened by a dog or icy conditions, not a Halloween decoration,” the neighbor added.

“It’s just a prop, like all these other things,” Beatty reiterated.

He said that he doesn’t have a “racist bone in his body,” and that his mail carrier is being overly-sensitive about the display, WCBS reported.

Comments (116)
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JBo
JBo

Can't make this stuff up. New York. Nuff said.

Woobie46
Woobie46

The REAL problem is that the mail carrier is afraid of the ghosts!

Marine.001
Marine.001

Ahhhhh Go ask Siri who was the 1st hanging, it wasn’t done to blacks until the mentally ill whites starting doing it to “warn” blacks to keep in line. Absolutely evil racists but agree w homeowner. The mail carrier is being over sensitive and needs a hug and grab a coloring book from a millennial

Pat1978
Pat1978

It's just a little disheartening that the mail carrier knows next to nothing of the history of the country in which he lives.

gfc1963
gfc1963

How the fuck is a noose racist?? Haven't white people being hanged??

mindy1000
mindy1000

Dat's racist man. LOL The stupidity of people never ceases to amaze me.

RetiredCorrections
RetiredCorrections

Never heard of hanging horse thieves?

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The skeleton probably came from China anyway, so it's likely an Asian one.

Curtis Bratcher
Curtis Bratcher

As a retired letter carrier, i think this carrier's a whinny brat. I would have never refused to deliver the mail because of what's in the yard. Back at the station, we would have had a field day making fun of that carrier.

Templar73
Templar73

this is absolutely ludicrous, lynchings have been going on since there's been rope, what about the Salem witch trials when they lynched people! There wasn't a black and sight LOL

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

I bet this problem will go away in less than two weeks.

walkintall
walkintall

Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night.....But if I can manage SOMEHOW to call you a racist.....

MKiley
MKiley

What does a noose have to do with race? Please enlighten me. I don't recall any depictions of the witches hung in the Salem Witch Trials being anything other than Caucasian. Horse thieves and so on. No depictions of anything other than Caucasians. Were blacks hung as well? Certainly, but it was indiscriminate, nothing biased in race.

flybynight
flybynight

Get a grip people!!! Didn't we have an Attorney General with the last name of Lynch? I didn't hear anyone saying she should change her last name.Look up the definition of lynch and lynching for God sake. It says nothing about race. Just a bunch of hyper whiners.

Bud
Bud

Since when does a skeleton show was color the person was. Racist statements by people like the carrier is a way of getting publicity, and the postmaster is no better than the racist carrier. I can't help but wonder what race the postmaster is. This is not an example of why mail should be stopped, and in my opinion both the carrier and the postmaster should receive a suspension without pay.

Mike2929
Mike2929

Intentionally delaying the mail is a federal offense, even for a letter carrier. By refusing to deliver for that day, that carrier committed a criminal act. If I were the resident, I would file a criminal complaint with USPIS.

Bscope2
Bscope2

The mail carrier needs to be fired ! He himself must be a racist and a liberal snowfake ! Get over it you’ve used this as a excuse to get 5 seconds of fame so get over yourself !

JRM1607
JRM1607

If you view life through the prism of race, you are the racist.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

This is stupid! I can't stand the candy ass sensitives that infect our communities. It's freaken Halloween. For now on, no more witches on brooms. My wife says she is offended because she has one in the house and uses it to clean up messes.

@jrm 1607 said it almost right. If you view life through the prism of racism, then all you are going to find is racism.

Pipkinrah
Pipkinrah

People need to grow the fu*k up and stop finding ways to be offended. "Oh, i'm so offended" "Good for you, you want a cookie"

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Fire that fucking snowflake!

Vodkabreakfast
Vodkabreakfast

The noose is an appropriate metaphor for the future of social development under the influence of a divisive media.

Anomie88
Anomie88

I mean, really? The skeleton's white.

johnnycab23513
johnnycab23513

This lowly mailman is as ignorant as the idiots in Washington that falsely claim the President is a racist for calling his lynching in the house a lynching!

FSchloss
FSchloss

Sounds like the mail carrier is either a hypersensitive dipshit, or a dipshit federal employee looking to make a buck or two in a civil suit. Either way, he's a dipshit and should be fired.

WESJONES
WESJONES

There have been a lot more white people lynched in the US than blacks.

Yahderhey
Yahderhey

this postman is racist. the home owners mail is now safe.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

This post got 6400 comments on Facebook, at our BLM page there!

flybynight
flybynight

During the revolutionary war people that were found to be British loyalists were lynched. So being lynched is not exclusively a black thing. Some people just don't know their history. When Bill Clinton was being impeached his supporters claimed he was being lynched. Look it up and shut up.

K-9 319
K-9 319

This is right up there with the 11 year old girl who pointed a finger gun at a student and was arrested. Give me a break, wow.

DeiselDemon92
DeiselDemon92

Dis house is show gone crazy!

Grandmoi
Grandmoi

Good grief...this is 100% incorrect...what does a skeleton have to do with race???? NOTHING....go sit in a safe corner and suck your thumb and twirl your hair until you feel better...

Hezakiah
Hezakiah

Put a cut out of the face of some Libtard traitor politician over the face of the skeleton and tell the post office,postal carrier,and whining neighbors to piss off LOL

Badresort
Badresort

You'd think black people think they were the only ones that were hung. People of all races and creeds were hung, this race card bullshit is so pathetic.

DNW
DNW

Innocents who are blisfully unaware that "noose" is the new n-word are suffering the consequences. Kudos to this gentleman for not caving in.

reverett456117502
reverett456117502

Really, do we honestly need to carry things this far now? Man, what has happened to common sense in this country? It's a Halloween display for the love of ...........get over it.

Jones24
Jones24

Someone needs his binky and a blanket

itsjustmeagain
itsjustmeagain

Nope that's just a skeleton and not a black man hanging. Hyper sensitive or just plain lazy postman? You decide.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Stupid its not racist its Halloween

Dark_ePoch
Dark_ePoch

It's not like the only people in history who were hung were blacks. Syria hung Eli Cohen in the town square for treason.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Certain groups of people are way to easily offended.🤔👎

Snodog
Snodog

I once had a fill in mail carrier refuse to deliver mail because of my dog. The dog was inside the house and doors closed due to everyone being at work. His reason "I was afraid because I head the dog bark". Several others had the same problem for a week as our normal carrier was on vacation. He was sort of ticked due to the extra work left for him.

Musicray
Musicray

Everything is racist nowadays..

ServedProudly
ServedProudly

I would say quite simply, if you see racism there, you need to take a LONG look in the mirror.

imagerbil
imagerbil

FYI, my paternal WHITE grandfather was strung up, in his barn, in the 40's!

ROPE: KILLING MORE THAN ONE SHADE OF PEOPLE SINCE THE DAWN OF ITS CREATION...

That postal worker needs to grow tf up!

Hdavis
Hdavis

It comes down to freedom of speech. There is not a physical danger or threat of physical danger.

JanineJ
JanineJ

Um, Don't they have a meme going around of a whole bunch of skeletons pictured in an xray image, and it asks you which one is white, black, etc...? How is anyone supposed to know what race the skeleton is. Like somebody else said, probably Chinese lol. Pretty sure federal agencies like say, the post office, doesn't have a right to discriminate. Hypocrites, liberals are the BIGGEST hypocrites around! Check your history, and re-read your policies. Postal worker, you were in no such danger. Get over yourself.

jaxholley
jaxholley

Next it will be can't deliver the mail cause Santa Claus represents white privilege.

Denisedee
Denisedee

The post office's have their own problems and need to keep their nosy selves out of other people's business and yards . I could tell a few terrible stories about the post office in my town . Yes , these people are overreacting big time ! Duh , it's Halloween .