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Mail Carrier Won't Take Her Dismissal in Stride

September 15, 1997|Associated Press

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — A woman who has been delivering mail for 18 years has been fired because her stride is too short.

According to her dismissal letter from the U.S. Postal Service, 49-year-old Martha Cherry was observed walking on her route at the rate of 66 paces per minute with a stride of less than a foot.

"As a result, you required 13 minutes longer than your demonstrated ability to deliver mail to this section of your route," the letter said.

Cherry, who is just under 5 feet, 5 inches, filed a grievance with the letter carriers' union after receiving the dismissal letter last month, and the people along her route have written dozens of letters in her support.

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