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Perfectly SANE Arlington Couple Thinks Their Mailmen Are Conspiring To Stalk Them And The Boston Globe Takes Them Seriously Despite Their Batshit CRAZY Blog

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This story out of Arlington is insane:

Heather Astaneh, an artist on a deadline, was livid when the package of pencils and erasers she had ordered for her project arrived a day late. It was the latest in a series of late deliveries, she said, so she dashed off a complaint on the US Postal Service website.

“You guys suck [expletive],” she wrote.

Astaneh, 33, assumed her angry blast would remain anonymous. But about a week later, her letter carrier, Sharon Demiridjian, showed up on her porch yelling, a printed copy of the complaint in her hand, she said. 

That was almost three years ago, the first of an escalating series of confrontations between Astaneh and her husband and the postal service, a bitter feud that has carved a strange path from the local police department to the federal courts, with little sign of a truce.

“If I had known it would have started a three-year thing, I would not have said it that way,” Astaneh said.

The protracted dispute involves unlikely foes: a professional suburban couple against neighborhood letter carriers. Both sides have sought harassment orders against the other, placed several calls to the Arlington Police Department, and fired volleys of competing accusations that one federal judge described as “bizarre.”

“I can’t dissect the truth of the thing,” said US Chief District Judge Patti B. Saris during one hearing in Boston last August after the harassment order the couple obtained against one carrier was moved to federal court. “The whole thing is odd. In 22 years of being a judge, I’ve never heard of anything like this.”

Astaneh and her husband, Amin Astaneh, have meticulously documented the dispute on a website, titled Delivering Fear, that accuses Demiridjian, Allen Hodgkins, a letter carrier on an adjacent route, and other carriers of carrying out a campaign of abuse that includes thrown packages, insults, and even stalking. 

The allegations stand in stark contrast to nine letters filed in court and written by other residents on Hodgkins’ route, who describe the 20-year veteran in glowing terms.

“Our entire family feels so comfortable and so appreciative of him that we recently invited him to our family cookout,” wrote one family.

But Astaneh, who works from home, said that after tensions with Demiridjian escalated, Hodgkins began lingering behind her house as he delivered mail to other streets, peering into her house and taking pictures of her. She said he has followed her when she goes to pick up her husband at the Alewife train station when he comes home from work. 

Their complaints to the carriers’ supervisors were largely brushed off, the couple said. Over time, they became so fearful that they installed cameras in their windows and their car so they could track the carriers’ movements, Amin Astaneh said. At one point, they covered all their windows with poster board.

In court filings, however, the letter carriers say that they are the victims, and accuse Heather Astaneh of following them in her car and screaming insults and threats from her porch. 

Hodgkins, the target of Heather Astaneh’s harassment order, acknowledged recording her but said it was only when she was outside her home, to give his supervisor “proof of what I was being subjected to.”

“I did not feel safe and did not know what Ms. Astaneh or her husband [were] capable of,” Hodgkins wrote in one affidavit. “If anyone is being harassed, I believe that Ms. Astaneh and her husband are harassing me.”

In her affidavit, Demiridjian said Astaneh was so “threatening and intimidating,” videotaping her from behind trees and a parked car, that another carrier replaced her briefly. When Demiridjian returned, she said her supervisor accompanied her for safety. 

Saris dismissed the complaint in January, citing federal law that shields federal employees from complaints while they’re on the job. The couple must first exhaust legal remedies through a tort claim with the Postal Service. They are seeking $200,000 in damages.

“Given what we’ve endured, in addition to the legal costs and therapy costs out of pocket, we feel that’s completely reasonable,” said Amin Astaneh, a 33-year-old manager for a software engineering company in Boston.

During a hearing before Saris last August, Assistant US Attorney Jason C. Weida, who represented the Postal Service in the harassment complaint, said the agency had investigated the couple’s claims and found them to be “false.”

“Frankly, your honor, the Postal Service would have fired Mr. Hodgkins if these allegations were true,” Weida said, according to a transcript of the hearing.

Faced with the conflicting stories, Saris said: “I don’t know how you will ever resolve it.”

The differing accounts unfold in short videos posted on the couple’s website and in court affidavits filed by both sides. In August 2016, Astaneh posted a video of a mail truck she said was driven by Demiridjian. As the truck turns onto a nearby street, a homophobic slur can be heard. In a court filing, Demiridjian denied shouting the slur. 

Hodgkins, for his part, accused Heather Astaneh of calling him a “crybaby,” “fat,” and on one occasion, a homophobic slur. She acknowledged the first two insults — the result, she said, of frustration over their harassment — but denied using a slur.

The couple said post office officials told Astaneh to stay away from her porch and windows when the mail was being delivered. In response, they hung signs in their window that read “I have the right to look out my window,” and “I have the right to sit on my steps” in black marker.

Eventually, they hung a large tarp outside their back porch with the message: “USPS driver… stop harassing and taping my wife,” in red and black letters.

“That was a desperate moment on our part,” Amin said.

Their lawyer, Lauren Thomas, advised them to take it down.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the Boston Globe is spreading fake news. The fact that this is even being presented as anything except for a batshit crazy insane chick having a mental breakdown is insane. Because she’s the most obvious psychopath you will ever see. Just ask her neighbor who is all over the comments:

Wait a minute….you’re telling me the chick who thinks the USPS is conspiring to stalk her and makes crazy signs in the living room with her crazy husband is in fact a crazy person?

Never saw that one coming.

First of all, she uses the hashtag #MeTooUSPS

I shit you not. #MeTooUSPS. Best. Hashtag. Ever.

These completely sane people have apparently covered up all of their windows, because obviously the mailmen are conspiring to see what they’re making for dinner…

She tried leaving a negative review for USPS on Yelp when all of a sudden a “Jerry M” appeared and rated her review as “funny” before telling her to get a life. And to show that he was clearly a USPS plant he even left his own 5 star review to negate her 1 star review!!

Serious shit!!

Heather is a blogger and a painter. In other words, she’s unemployed. But she’s been busy painting perfectly SANE pictures like this, illustrating how she won’t be silenced by the mailmen Gestapo gang….

Her live reaction to the election of Donald Trump was everything you dreamed it would be and more…..

Wait…..what? Who has cancer? I’m confused.

She was waiting for the news to tell her that instead of Trump winning it was actually a beautiful unicorn who would give her chocolate….

But what if it’s white nationalist unicorn? Be careful what you wish for.

She wrote this perfectly SANE post a while back:

Her friends all told her to seek help.

LOL. Just kidding. They’re egging her on because people are gutless cowards who don’t have the balls to be honest with their crazy friends. These are the same people who will whine about how we have a “mental health crisis” in this country the next time someone shoots up a school.

You gotta see their blog. You could spend years going through the insanity. But let’s take a look at a couple entries so we can see what we’re dealing with here.

They think mailman Alan Hodgkins is conspiring with their neighbors to stalk them. Because the mailman stalking them would be too obvious, so they have to have the neighbors go undercover to videotape them instead. Want proof? Here’s Alan Hodgkins parking his mail vehicle…..on Main Street!!!

And poor Heather had to endure the trauma of driving past him.

Then her husband Amin noticed on Heather’s dash cam (because of course they have a dash cam) that a neighbor was out in public…..WITH A CELL PHONE!!

Soon after that the woman left her house…..IN HER CAR!!!

That’s when the funny business starts. She pull up next to – you guessed it – THE MAILMAN!!!

Then guess who drove by their house later on……

THE SPY!!

And you’ll never guess what the spy did when she drove by…..

Yup…SHE LOOKED AT HIM!!

This is some CIA shit if I’ve ever seen it.

Here’s another log entry showing Alan Hodgkins once again in his mailmanmobile, and based on a brief flash of light seen in the distance it is clear that he is taking pictures of them!!

That right there is one suspicious U-Turn!!

Here’s another suspicious U-Turn, which he’s obviously doing to determine if Heather is home….

Try to find a mail truck doing a U-Turn in this video…

Yea, I see a man walking his dog, and that’s about it. Obviously these people are being stalked.

Oh, and they call the cops a lot, which is a very valuable use of taxpayer resources. For instance, they once again saw Alan…..DRIVING HIS MAIL TRUCK!!

Heather tries desperately to evade this high speed vehicle, which obviously is only out on the streets to stalk her for unknown reasons….

Then she sees the mailman parked down the street….BUT HE SKIPS HOUSES!!!

It’s almost as if mail carriers park their truck, deliver mail to a handful of houses close by, and then get back in their truck.

He then stalks her like a big cat hunting its prey…..SLOWLY!!!

It’s almost as if he’s delivering mail. Which would be a great cover for someone secretly plotting to kill her.

As she randomly sits on the side of the road the mail truck……CATCHES UP TO HER!!

Which has nothing to do with the fact that he’s actively delivering mail while she’s stationary on the side of the road.

Then the mailman begins to take pictures of them and preemptively calls the cops….

Amin gets out of his car and confronts the cop like a lunatic, and is told to get back in his car while ranting about how he’s being stalked….

Naturally Heather was wearing her zebra legging on this day, and the police officer was obviously taking her seriously. VERY seriously!!

That Alan Hodgkins thinks he’s sly…..

But they’re onto him.

I could go read their blog all day. It’s fascinating. What’s even more fascinating is the Globe had access to it and still treated these people like they’re normal civilians with reasonable complaints. As if there are two sides to this story.

Newsflash Globe – these people are lunatics and you’re encouraging them by humoring their delusions. Who wrote this shit? Kevin Cullen?

P.S. This is normal:

44 Comment(s)
  • McClutchy
    August 12, 2018 at 10:46 am

    I took a look at the route layouts for Arlington. The street the wacko lives on is one route. At the end of the street where the mail truck is seen making a u turn, is another street on the left hand side that is on a different route. Ultimately what you have here is the mail truck coming up that street delivering the mail, then making a u turn to deliver the other side of the street. Seems reasonable right?

    Unless…………they’re stalking. Yeah, probably stalking. Much more reasonable.

  • Guano loco
    July 19, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Damn USPS make her come and pick up her mail at the post office everyday

  • Ty
    July 18, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    Arlington, like Somerville, is now filled with the Cambridge lunatic overflow. Everything is about vicitimhood and being angry over their perceived ills. If you are not a victim, make yourself one. First World Problems of the entitled w/ plenty of money and time on their hands. Would I be wrong to assume this blue collar USPS worker has a family and real world responsibilities and struggles while this woman has no kids, her husband’s high paying white collar tech job paycheck to rely on, magic markers, cats, and time on her hands?

  • dear gawd
    July 17, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    memo to globe…. these vehicles are tracked, and the carriers are monitored for performance efficiency. file a FOIA, mkay?

  • Captain Trips
    July 17, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    My postman stops by a box in front of my house every day and takes papers out and puts other papers in the box.
    He’s left boxes on my doorstep.
    He even waves to me sometimes if I’m outside.
    It’s downright frightening!

    • Lilly
      July 17, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      The boxes that say AMAZON are the scariest ones of all!! Lmao

  • Maude Gorman
    July 17, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    I was gang raped by the USPS…and I LOVED it!

  • Bill Littlefield
    July 17, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    Not taking sides here but I had a summer job as a letter carrier when I was in college. There are some really strange, and I mean really strange people that work there. But I think what you have here is a verym strange couple who just happened to cross paths with a very strange letter carrier.

    I could go on and on with stories of what went on at the post office. I took the test and they offered me a full time job after college but I just could not fathom seeing those kind of people every day for the rest of my working life. These were people who should be allowed to leave the house.

    So if I had to take sides I would side with this couple but they are going about this the wrong way. If your wife complains that the mailman is harrassing her and your not man enough to do something about it in person you should not have a wife.

    • Itsjustme
      July 17, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      You really should have took that job. Based on that crazy comment, it sounds like you would have fit right in if everyone is as crazy as you say.
      Read the article next time you decide to commit on something. This couple is batshit crazy .

  • y
    July 17, 2018 at 11:54 am

    “I drew the duck blue because I’ve never seen a blue duck before, and to be honest with you, I wanted to see a blue duck.”
    -Heather Astaneh

    • z
      July 17, 2018 at 12:13 pm

      “How much wood could a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?”

      “I drew the duck blue because I’ve never seen a blue duck before, and to be honest with you, I wanted to see a blue duck.”

      • Billy Madison
        July 17, 2018 at 1:33 pm

        NO milk will ever be OUR milk.

        • z
          July 17, 2018 at 1:41 pm

          A skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk, but the stump thunk the skunk stunk

          Betty Botter bought some butter
          But she said the butter’s bitter
          If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter
          But a bit of better butter will make my batter better
          So ‘twas better Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter

          • Captain Trips
            July 17, 2018 at 2:39 pm

            Excellent! Thanks!

    • Bill Littlefield
      July 17, 2018 at 4:49 pm

      Sorry – I guess you missed my point. Just saying there are crazy people at the post office and that this couple was crazy too. They cross paths and bang, fireworks. And I did read the article.

  • Lilly
    July 17, 2018 at 11:37 am

    This is what the justice system is wasting their time and our money on right now. Just lock these crazy idiots up on a 72 hour psychiatric hold and then once they prove how crazy they are, (which I’m sure they will just by what I already seen here) then make their stay permanent.

  • George Papodopolous
    July 17, 2018 at 9:59 am

    So bizarre. I feel so bad for the mail carriers trying to do their job. Where’s attorney Richard N. V. Esq?

  • Fred Knessl
    July 17, 2018 at 8:29 am

    OMIGOD!!! My mailman does the EXACT SAME THING TO ME!!! He MUST be stalking me! Stops at EVERY HOUSE and does the SAME THING!
    AND… AND… And sometimes he will STOP in FRONT OF A HOUSE, Get out of his truck, and carry items to a couple of different addresses, then GET BACK IN THE TRUCK. Then – get this – he DRIVES TO ANOTHER HOUSE AND DOES THE SAME THING!!! I’m calling the CIA and FBI on this fucker…
    Oh, shit, they are delivering the Mail!
    Just kidding, he (or SHE, depending on the day) is UNFAILINGLY PLEASANT. Sometimes in a hurry, sometimes not so verbal but Always pleasant. Shout out to the carriers in 02888!!!

  • Theresa Lund
    July 17, 2018 at 7:51 am

    …oh please ask the mailman if he has a biracial child and lives in affordable housing… please…

    • Itsjustme
      July 17, 2018 at 9:42 am

      OMG. That was the best comment I think I have ever read. I actually loled hard at that.

  • Leonard Washington
    July 17, 2018 at 7:10 am

    Now I’ve seen everything. Of all the miscreants in the world, the last person I would think to go after is my mailman. Jesus Christ.

    Come to think about it she does seem to drive slowly through the neighborhood at similar times each day. She knows my address and therefore who lives in the house. Time for the foil.

  • Newman
    July 17, 2018 at 7:03 am

    The comments in the globe were shut down after a day or 2

  • Clitty Litter
    July 17, 2018 at 7:00 am

    She must be a Superdelegate.

  • Kevin Cullen
    July 17, 2018 at 6:41 am

    I believe Heather its a very believable story

  • Asdf
    July 17, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Why did the Globe shut the comments section off? Almost like they don’t want to admit they wrote a dumb article.

  • ncfoothillbilly
    July 17, 2018 at 6:11 am

    Did Lena Kochman die and come back as some fat cunt?

  • Sheeple_watcher
    July 17, 2018 at 5:50 am

    I’ve always said that Arlington should just revert back to its former name of West Cambridge. Cripes, annex itself into Cambridge and be done with it.

    • Jim
      July 17, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      Cambridge is pretty far west then, she’s practically in Lexington.

  • Napoleon III
    July 17, 2018 at 3:20 am

    Turtleboy, we know you are being paid off by the shadowy Trumpian USPS overlords to run this propaganda campaign against Heather

  • Itsjustme
    July 17, 2018 at 2:07 am

    Wtf? It looks to be like Heather needs a job other than struggling artist. At least the mailman has an excuse to be in his mail truck all day, what is her excuse just sitting in her car videotaping him? I think it is clear who is stalking who here.

  • Former Dung Beetle
    July 17, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Thanks for flagging this. USPS Letter Carriers don’t get much coverage in the media until bizarre activity occurs, which is typically throwing packages or being attacked by domestic or wild animals. The majority are professionals who just want to get through their day, not get crapped on by poor decision makers, not get crapped on because of poor decision makers (who might also number amongst the aforementioned), and do their job (like everybody else who works). Self-entitled nutbags on a route would be a very extra-special chore, at best.

  • Dave
    July 17, 2018 at 12:57 am

    This is next level batshit crazy .

    • z
      July 17, 2018 at 8:56 am

      Do a google search. She does have a fascination about bats.

      Also, Asians and cats.

      So many cats, I’m surprised that doesn’t mention “Purrfect”, the cat cafe in Boston.

      The husband seems to have had a tech blog that he kept updated until about 2014, then it stopped. Wonder why. I can see 1 spouse going off the rails, it happens. But both?

      These 2 ought to get in touch with Randy Quaid. I understand he lives in Vermont these days. He can probably give them some pointers.

      • Chinese Flying Cat With Bat Wings
        July 17, 2018 at 9:30 am

        Yeah, I’m her next schizophrenic hallucination. I’ve been sent by the government to eat her pencils.

  • Rockets Redglare
    July 17, 2018 at 12:54 am

    The postman always rings twice…

  • z
    July 17, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Your fucking pencils and erasers were a day late? Are you fucking kidding me? If the item doesn’t make it the post office until after the truck is loaded you wait until the next day. The post office isn’t end to end anymore. A plane is late, a truck breaks down, etc. Shit passes through multiple companies these days.

    If I was the post office I’d I’d be videotaping these goobers also in order to protect the carrier against those wack jobs. Get a fucking box at the UPS store. The PO
    won’t have to come to your door and you can get back to bering an artist.

  • SMH
    July 17, 2018 at 12:22 am

    This fits perfectly well with Arlington only electing Democrat candidates because both are divorced from reality.

    Pro tip: aluminum foil works better than posterboard on the windows – it will help block the microwaves used by USPS for their spy missions. If you can leave the house, Stop & Shop has it, or Whole Foods if you need organic. Your $15 worth of pencils and erasers, Playtime likely has it, avoiding your terrible extra wait.

    • WeAreFucked
      July 17, 2018 at 7:54 am

      Amazon has aluminum foil in bulk too.

      Oh wait… nevermind. More deliveries by the spies.

      • z
        July 17, 2018 at 12:26 pm

        And then there’s the joke about Amazon making deliveries by drones. But what if it was the truth?

        DRONES!!! Right? Yeah, you get it to. I can see that.

  • Liberal Loons
    July 17, 2018 at 12:16 am

    Taking bets …..
    Is this couple:
    A) Registered Republicans ?
    B) Registered Democrats?
    I’m willing to bet my left testicle that this couple votes The Donkey !
    Anyone wanna wager??

    • Herr Docktor
      July 18, 2018 at 7:40 am

      Can’t vouch for the voting but I bet Heather was a feature act in a Donkey Show in Tijuana…

  • Herodotus
    July 17, 2018 at 12:01 am

    Not content with their victory over Sparta, Persia turned its aggression toward America by taking hostages, threatening Israel with destruction, and even going as far as to have Amin the Peculiar marry a bipolar liberal American with delusions of persecution and set her against the major letter carrying agency of the American government, causing an entire street of innocent civilians to not receive their coupon periodicals for one full week.

  • The Vorlon
    July 16, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    These people make an extremely strong case for civil commitment. Too bad all the nut houses/puzzle factories are closed.

  • The Mooch.
    July 16, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Heather, you look like you’ve starred in a few pee tapes yourself you gnarling cuntbeast.

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