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Postal Santa Claus Can Wear His Costume on His Route

Altrendo Images/Thinkstock(BELLEVUE, Wash.) -- The postal Santa has regained his wings.

Letter carrier Bob McLean had been donning a Saint Nick costume for the holiday season while on his route in Bellevue, Wash., for over a decade. But a supervisor earlier this week told him that he was no longer allowed to spread his brand of holiday cheer, alleging that a complaint was filed that he was not wearing official post office attire.

After a hearing Thursday, McLean was told he can wear the outfit again Friday when he delivers the mail.

"There will be a Santa in Bellevue," McLean told The Bellevue Reporter. "I'm just glad it's all resolved."

Earlier, he was pretty upset about being told not to wear the costume.

"The government is shutting me down because it's a non-postal regulation uniform," McLean, who has been working with the postal service since 1971, told The Bellevue Reporter.

McLean, who wears a white beard and has crisp white hair, said that he began wearing the costume when he was told that he looks a bit like Kris Kringle. Since then he has delighted residents while delivering the post, even causing traffic jams as motorists try to get a peek.

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Houston Ranks First in US Postal Service's Top Dog Attack Cities

Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- Dogs may be man’s best friend, but the canine is a letter carrier’s worst enemy.

Last year, 5,669 postal employees were attacked by dogs in more than 1,400 cities across the United States, according statistics released by the U.S. Postal Service.

Houston was the city with the most incidents, with 62 employees attacked in 2010.  Columbus, Ohio and San Diego tied for second place with 45 attacks each.  Los Angeles had 44 bites, Louisville, Kentucky had 40, and San Antonio and St. Louis rounded out the top five with 39 reported attacks each.

The Postal Service released the statistics to draw attention to National Dog Bite Prevention Week, which takes place from May 15 to May 21.

Medical expenses related to dog bites reportedly cost the Postal Service nearly $1.2 million last year. 

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Oregon Mailman Busted for Making Not So Special Delivery

Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Thinkstock(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- A Portland, Oregon postal worker has been placed on leave after he was caught defecating in a yard on his mail route.

Resident Don Derfler explained to local ABC News affiliate KATU that he noticed the mail carrier "acting odd" in his neighbor's yard across the street, and when the postman pulled down his pants, Derfler pulled out his camera, just in time to catch the man squatting behind some bushes.

Derfler not only caught the mailman in the act on camera, he also snapped a pic of the "delivery," which the resident shared with the news station.

A Postal Service spokesperson told KATU-TV that the mailman in question was placed on unpaid leave while an investigation is completed.

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