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Detroit postal worker Sharon Berrien didn’t steal some 2,000 pieces of mail to collect those $20 birthday checks from Grandma alone. No, there was a deeper motivation: ennui.

“I was bored,” Berrien told investigators after she was charged with stealing mail by federal authorities Monday.

Of course, Berrein took the money, the Associated Press said. The accused said she kept $1,000 to $1,500 and littered the leftover mail — taken out of a Detroit mail processing center — along Interstate 94. Sightings of abandoned greeting cards keyed authorities into the fact that something was amiss. A probe led to the Nov. 21 discovery of 800 pieces of mail in Berrein’s trash.

As a cure for future stints of boredom, might we suggest the podcast Serial?


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