Fmr. UofL postal clerk accused of stealing gift cards from students' mail

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by Michelle Arnold

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 9, 2013 at 1:21 PM

Updated Monday, Dec 9 at 6:51 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Gift cards--it's the gift everyone can use. But sometimes the wrong person takes advantage.  39-year-old Christian Schlachter was arrested December 6th.

The University of Louisville mail clerk is facing charges; she's accused of going through students’ mail, taking numerous gift cards then going shopping.

“This is the time of year when thieves run rampant; there's a possibility they could try to take your mail,” USPS spokesperson David Walton said.
 
So to help avoid a gift card catastrophe, here are a few tips from the U.S. Postal Service.

In order to protect a gift card the U.S. Postal Service recommends using a sturdier envelope instead of a standard holiday card envelope.

“A piece of mail in our plant can go through at minimum 4 machines, sometimes more. It has to make lots of turns so if you've got a credit card in that envelope, it's not flexible and it will become separated from that envelope,” Walton said.

If the gift card does get separated, it's smart to affix a note to the card.

“Put a post it note with either the sender’s name and address or the recipient’s name and address; that will help us reunite the item with one or the other,” Walton said.

And if you're waiting on a present, doing one simple thing everyday could make all the difference.

“Customers can reduce their chance of being victimized just by removing their mail from their mailbox each day,” Walton said.

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