Knoxville family finds dead fish in mailbox twice in week

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) - Most people don't like getting bills in the mail, but one Knoxville family has been getting something worse. Twice over the last week the Brookshires say they've found dead fish where their letters should be. Now they're worrying what may be next.

They say they're the only family in the neighborhood that this is happening to and they have an idea who may be doing it. They planned Thursday to take their concerns to the local postal inspector.

Angela Brookshire says on Wednesday when she went to check the mail, she found tilapia stuffed in her mailbox. Last week they found sardines in mustard sauce with anchovies.

"I think it's gross. I think it's childish," said Brookshire.

The family believes one of their neighbors may be responsible and they say it has to do with a puppy.

"We changed our mind on selling him and everything because we noticed if we take him away from his sister she whines," she added.

A $20 down payment was made and the Brookshires say they've since paid it back. They say it's confusing that this kind of retaliation is still happening.

"It makes me feel like I have to go out and buy one of those key-lock mailboxes to where the postman can just have a little slot to stick your mail in to keep people from damaging my mail or damaging my paper," added Brookshire.

She says on some level they're worrying things may escalate and something could happen to either their pets or their home. 

"It's ridiculous. I mean something needs to be done. If I have to when my dad gets paid, I'll go and I'll buy a security camera and I will point it straight at that mailbox," she said.

The neighbor the Brookshires suspect would not agree to an interview and said they are not putting fish inside the family's mailbox.

The U.S. Postal Service says placing any mailable items in a mailbox is a violation of the Private Express Statute. They add that person could be subject to a legal injunction, fine or imprisonment.

Customers are also asked to file complaints with local law enforcement and the inspection service.

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