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NYC Postman Was a Real-Life 'Newman' Who Hoarded Mail: Officials

Authorities say Joseph Brucato, 67, let 40,000 pieces of mail from his Brooklyn route pile up, just like the character Newman from "Seinfeld."
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A New York City postman allegedly hoarded more than 40,000 pieces of mail over nearly a decade — in a real-life re-run of a "Seinfeld" episode. Joseph Brucato is charged in a criminal complaint with piling up the mail at his home, work locker and car, just like the mail carrier Newman in the sitcom. After a supervisor noticed the mail in Brucato's vehicle, the 67-year-old was arrested and released on his own recognizance with an order to "abstain from excessive alcohol consumption" and undergo a mental health evaluation. Brucato, whose route was in Brooklyn's Flatbush section, told investigators he didn't deliver the mail for "various personal reasons," according to court documents. Brucato's public defender declined comment.

Pieces of mail that a New York City mailman allegedly stashed away in his home and car over nearly a decade are seen in an undated picture released by the U.S. Attorney's office in New York September 26, 2014.HANDOUT / Reuters
— Tracy Connor