WAUWATOSA -- Lula Gholson knew a mail carrier running to her front door on Thursday night around 5 o'clock couldn't be good.
"She said, 'This man, I'm trying to get away from this man. He's following me,'" Gholson recounted.
The man, who lives across the road on 69th and Center in Wauwatosa, was upset the carrier didn't deliver a check he was looking for.
"I'm 64-years old, I was scared too," Gholson said. "And my brother said, 'I hope I don't have to fight' and he pushed him out."
It was the second day in a row Tosa police had to respond for the exact same complaint. Wednesday, the man got upset about a different check, yelled at and pushed a different mail carrier. Police arrested him for disorderly conduct both times. Wauwatosa Police have yet to file the report against him. They have from three to ten days to do so.
"I tried to tell him, 'Postal people don't hold your check,;" Gholson said. "'You'd better call where the check came from.'"
"It happens a little more frequently than we would like," U.S. Postal Inspector Brian Haraway said.
Haraway investigated this week's incidents. He explained the USPS has ways of dealing with them.
"We talk to the people, we do whatever we can to make sure that house is not a safety threat for our carriers," Haraway said.
Postal workers can't carry weapons of any kind, except dog spray. But they're trained to deal with upset people and know to look for a safe haven, like someone's home, when they feel threatened. Too many threats in a neighborhood though can actually stop mail delivery.
"We like to deliver the mail to everyone, we don't want to stop delivery for anyone," Haraway said. "But if it's deemed unsafe we do what we do to keep our carriers safe."
Lula hopes it doesn't come to that in her neighborhood.
"I didn't know what was going to happen, but it was going to happen to both of us," Gholson said. "That is a postal worker. I love getting my mail."
You can actually designate your home as a safe haven for postal workers. Contact your local police department to request they add your home to the list.