USPS worker allegedly calls gay men homophobic slur


A United States Postal Service employee in Columbus is accused of calling two gay men a homophobic slur.

Michael Coward and his fiance Michael Vaughn were headed to a dinner party, Tuesday night, when Coward went over and grabbed his mail from his mailbox. The USPS driver was delivering mail at the time. When Coward grabbed his mail, he says the worker reacted negatively. He says she was annoyed that he didn't wait until she was finished.

"I started arguing with her and she called me a [expletive]," he said.

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He says the worker called him a homophobic slur. That's when the argument escalated.

"And then she just kept going on and on and on about me and my fiance being white [expletive]," Coward said.

"Yeah, not just [expletive]," Vaughn said."White [expletives]."

Coward took his phone out and started recording the argument. On the video you never hear the worker call him the slur, but you do hear him confront her and she never denies it.

"You've called me a [expletive] at least 10 times," Coward says on the video. The worker replies "I called you what you are."

The men say the USPS worker also took their names off their mailbox, saying they wouldn't get mail again.

"You're telling us that you're not going to deliver our mail because we're quote, end quote 'White [expletives]," Vaughn said. "I don't think that's how that works."

The United States Postal Service responded to the allegations, Tuesday evening:

“The allegations made against a Postal Service employee are very concerning. These actions – if true – are not consistent with and don’t represent the values of the Postal Service organization and will not be tolerated. You can be assured that this alleged incident is being fully investigated and that the Postal Service will take whatever action is appropriate.

Customers may report concerns and complaints to the United States Postal Service by calling 1 800-275-8777.

Vaughn and Coward filed a police report, Tuesday evening.