USPS accused of bias against atheism
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is accused of being biased against atheism. A German based atheist shoe company, known as “Atheist Shoes,” claims the USPS is discriminating against packages displaying the word “Atheist.”
In a statement released on March 26, the company claims packages sealed with packing tape displaying the word “Atheist” go missing or take much longer to be delivered than packages without the word “Atheist.”
After experiencing delivery problems with packages bearing the word “Atheist,” the company conducted an experiment. They sent 178 packages to 89 people in 49 US states. Each person was sent two packages: one sealed with the word “Atheist” printed on the packing tape, and the other with neutral packing tape. All of the packages left Berlin on November 21, 2012.
According to the company, packages using packing tape labeled with the word “Atheist” took on average 3 days longer to arrive than packages using the neutral packing tape. In addition, packages using packing tape labeled with the word “Atheist” were 10 times more likely to disappear entirely.
On their Facebook page the company says that they will be sharing the findings of their USPS discrimination study with the Office of the Inspector General of the USPS, noting that tampering with the US mail is a federal offence.
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