Going Postal

by J-Stacknik

"Going postal" has become a term depicted in popular culture. Movies, TV shows, songs and even video games have used the term.

How many of us has used the term “Going Postal” when describing a situation where we become agitated or are under much stress to the point where we would either yell, scream or, at the extreme, kill. Well it is an actual term that describes exactly that. The expression derives from a series of incidents from 1983 onward in which United States Postal Service workers went on shooting rampages, shooting and killing co-workers, bosses and managers. Between 1986 and 1997, more than forty people were gunned down by spree killers in at least twenty incidents of workplace rage.

It seems the term became really popular when actress Amy Heckerling used it in the movie Clueless.

Notable postal shootings:

Edmond, Oklahoma in 1996 (14 employees shot and killed six wounded)
Ridgewood, New Jersey in 1991 (two employees shot and killed)
Royal Oak, Michigan in 1991 (five people shot and killed including gunman)
Double Event in 1993 (same day May 6, 1993)
Dearborn, Michigan (wounded three killed two including gunman)
Dana Point, California (killed mother, then shot two postal workers dead)
Goleta, California in 2006 (killed six)
Baker City, Oregon, in 2006 (killed one)
Henning, Tennessee, in 2010 (two killed)

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