Postal carrier uses bathroom on route

PORTLAND, OR (KGW/CNN) - A man witnessed the unthinkable when his Portland, OR, mail carrier used the bathroom in a neighbor's yard.

Don Derfler was babysitting his son and waiting for the mailman Wednesday morning, when he spotted the mail carrier out his front window.

"He started pulling his pants down and started defecating, and at that point I grabbed my camera and started to take pictures," Derfler said.

Derfler said he had plenty of time to take the photos, which shows the mail carrier in the act. Officials with the postal service could not believe the news when they found out.

"We're taking this very seriously, and I really want to apologize to our customers and to the public at large," said U.S. Postal Service employee Ron Anderson. "For the years I've worked for the postal service, I've never heard of an incident like this, and I hope I never do again."

The mail carrier has been suspended without pay pending an investigation.

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