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Postie cries foul over language of Times newspaper pranksters
A WORCESTER postman has spoken of his shock when he discovered a letter in his bag addressed to a Mr F *** Off.
Douglas Nicholls was doing his rounds in Hallow when the large letter appeared.
The experienced postman delivered the letter but couldn’t stop thinking about the offensive language.
The 53-year-old, of Warndon Villages in Worcester, said: “I couldn’t believe it when I saw the address. Even after 32 years working as postman I have never had anything like this.”
Inside the offensive envelope was a promotional Olympic Scrapbook sent out by the Times and Sunday Times.
Mr Nicholls said: “I delivered it at about noon on Friday. But afterwards I started thinking about it and felt even more offended.”
He returned to the house and spoke to the woman living there, who does not wish to be named.
“She told me she had thrown it away as she didn’t order it,” he said. “I asked if I could have it and she got it for me. I was very offended because I never swear. I have been brought up not to swear.”
When Mr Nicholls took his children to see Meet the Fockers he said he couldn’t even say the name of the film.
“I had to call it ‘meet the parents’,” he said. “If I had said the name of the film I would have had to pay my kids £5. That is why it shocked me so much.”
It is thought the rude name made it through the system because the prankster who input the name included a space between the first two letters of the offending word.
A Times and Sunday Times spokesman said: “While we have screening processes in place to ensure offensive language is not used in mailings, it was not picked up in this case because of the letter spacing used in the name.
“We apologise for any upset caused, and we are investigating ways to avoid this situation from occurring in the future.”