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Great-grandmother receives horrific Mother's Day card calling her a "dirty old slut" after being defaced in postal sorting office

12 Mar 2018, 15:45

https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/g ... s-12172744

Dorothy Hopkins, 85, opened the envelope from her daughter Mandy to find shockingly explicit messages had been added to the card in black marker pen.

A great-grandmother was horrified after receiving a Mother's Day card calling her a "dirty old slut" after it was defaced in a postal sorting office.

Dorothy Hopkins, 85, opened the envelope from her daughter Mandy to find shockingly explicit messages had been added to the card in black marker pen.

Other obscenities read "whore" and "b***h," leaving the mother-of-six in total shock.

Today an investigation had been launched by the Royal Mail after it became clear the Mother's Day card from Dot's loving daughter had been intercepted by someone at the postal sorting office, who even changed Mandy's cheery sign-off message to say "hate you lots."

Dot, from Woodley, Berkshire, said: "I am so shocked, I haven't been able to bring myself to read the message fully.

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"It is an absolute disgrace. If it was someone's idea of a joke, it was in terribly bad taste and has left me really upset. I have six children, eight grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren and I was really pleased to receive six Mother's Day cards - but I can only put up five because Mandy's has been defaced by someone at the Royal Mail.

"We have been in touch with the police and someone senior from the Royal Mail is coming to see me tomorrow."

The astonishing Mother's Day card dropped on Dot's doorstep on Saturday morning and she was surprised to see that it was already open and that the envelope was torn.

"My grandson Steven Billington was at my house and after seeing the horrible message written inside, he chased after the postman who delivered it and confronted him with the envelope. The postie took photos of it on his phone and reported what had happened to his bosses.

"It must have been someone at the sorting office who opened the card and wrote the disgusting message. They even signed it as from 'the lounge sorting office."

The full horrific message, in black ink, said: "I wanna go back to my birth hole spread em you dirty old slut. From the lounge sorting office. Best Mum in the world love hate you lots, Mandy. You whore. Suck my hairy sack you b***h."

Dot revealed that daughter Mandy had posted the greetings card to her from a postbox in Dorchester, Dorset on Friday and that it was believed it would have been sent to the sorting office in Reading before being delivered on Saturday morning.

"Steven sent Mandy a picture of the defaced card and she was terribly angry and upset. The whole episode has cast a nasty shadow over Mother's Day. It may have been a prank but it is not funny and very distressing. I didn't sleep last night, worrying about it," she added.

Daughter Mandy vowed to find out what had happened to her card.

She said: "The Royal Mail staff are the only ones who handled the card before it went through my mother's front door. It's a bit disgusting - she is 85 years old.

"She shouldn't expect to have that sort of thing happen to her. There are six of us children and it's not every year she gets six cards. Now there is one she can't proudly display.

"The postman was taking photos of the offending card and apologising and saying he would contact the manager. But that's not good enough. We are not just going to accept an apology or whatever. I am so so angry.

"I just don't get the mentality of someone who can do that. And who knows, my mother's card may not have been the only one. Others might be opening their cards today and finding similar disgusting messages.

"To write all of that and to scribble out 'love' and put 'hate' instead - it's just not right really.


"We are waiting to see what the Royal Mail has to say about it and then, if we are not happy, we will get the police to investigate further. It is surely an offence to tamper with the mail."

When asked for a response to the defaced Mother's Day card, a spokesman for the Royal Mail said: "We are very sorry to hear about this and the understandable distress that it has caused Mrs Hopkins.


"We are urgently investigating what has happened. It is a criminal offence to tamper with mail and anyone caught doing so will face serious disciplinary action.

"Royal Mail will always seek to prosecute the tiny minority of people who abuse their position of trust.

"The integrity, safety and security of mail is of the utmost importance to this business. Royal Mail will not allow the actions of any individual to damage the good reputation of our thousands of hard-working postmen and women, who do all they can to protect the mail and deliver it safely.”

Great-grandmother receives horrific Mother's Day card calling her a "dirty old slut" after being defaced in postal sorting office

12 Mar 2018, 15:46

IF and its a big IF a postie did this then I hope you get caught sacked and gaoled.

Great-grandmother receives horrific Mother's Day card calling her a "dirty old slut" after being defaced in postal sorting office

12 Mar 2018, 16:51

TrueBlueTerrier wrote:IF and its a big IF a postie did this then I hope you get caught sacked and gaoled.

Totally agree, lowest of the low :thumbdown and RM will give the lady a book of first class stamps and
think they've handled the situation well.

Great-grandmother receives horrific Mother's Day card calling her a "dirty old slut" after being defaced in postal sorting office

12 Mar 2018, 17:13

Absolute scumbag whoever is responsible. :arrrghhh

Great-grandmother receives horrific Mother's Day card calling her a "dirty old slut" after being defaced in postal sorting office

12 Mar 2018, 19:47

Doesn't have to be RM that were the last handlers of the card. It could have been miss delivered (which is not good but let's face it does happen) and someone thought it would be funny to do this to it then post it, maybe a disgruntled neighbour. It was already opened according to the report but what the hell why not just blame RM. After all every letter or item that is sent out late is blamed on us we make good scape goats! :roll:

Great-grandmother receives horrific Mother's Day card calling her a "dirty old slut" after being defaced in postal sorting office

13 Mar 2018, 13:14

Agree with everyone , if it’s one of us then they should lose their job and liberty straight away. However it’s not quite true that only Royal Mail staff have handled the Mail, the sender and receiver did as well. In this strange litigious world of ours , this avenue should never automatically be discounted.

Great-grandmother receives horrific Mother's Day card calling her a "dirty old slut" after being defaced in postal sorting office

13 Mar 2018, 14:32

Why did she post a card to her mum and address her as My???? Sorry it all seems a little fake to me.

Great-grandmother receives horrific Mother's Day card calling her a "dirty old slut" after being defaced in postal sorting office

14 Mar 2018, 13:48

Do any of us still call Delivery Offices 'Sorting Offices'?? The only people I've come across who use the term 'sorting office' are members of the pubic.

I'd also say this card was misdelivered and this third party is responsible or it could have been dropped on the way to the post box (the sender wrote 'my' instead of 'mum' so is making mistakes) and then re-posted by the moron responsible.

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