The bros at the University of Chicago’s Phi Delta Theta are exceeding in their pursuit of a degree in douchebaggery after being involved in a dumb, racist and homophobic prank on an unsuspecting mailman.
“About a week after Memorial Day, I had an order to bring 79 of the boxes. I came to the address and explained to the frat member that I would have a lot more supplies. I went back to the truck for the boxes about six or seven times,” U.S. Postal carrier Iran Becton told the Chicago Sun-Times.
“After the last trip, one of the frat guys came out and said it was a practical joke. Another guy said that I should read the name backwards and I’ll get the joke.”
The packages — all 79 of them — were addressed to “Reggin Toggaf.” Yeah, America’s best and brightest these fratholes are not. Becton, who is black, says he was “humiliated.” The frat contends that it was just a prank; that Becton wasn’t the intended recipient; and that the joke wasn’t meant to offend him. But their mail delivery was put on hold until they sent Becton a written apology.
In a press release, Phi Delta Theta claimed the packages were sent from an anonymous source and that both the fraternity and the University of Chicago are currently investigating the matter. The frat also issued a public apology to Becton on their website, while the university’s Associate Dean Eleanor Daugherty wrote a letter to the Sun-Times further distancing the frat and U of C from the incident.
No matter who was the intended butt of the joke, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 11, Mack Julion is not laughing.
“[I]f it was a practical joke from one frat to another and not to the letter carrier, it is still not funny. Is this the way you tease each other?” Julion asked while speaking to the frat’s former president last Saturday. “Is this standard protocol in terms of practical jokes? Is this the way they go back and forth, because it is not acceptable.”
The Chicago Division Postal Inspection Services has launched an investigation of its own, and Becton won’t be satisfied until someone is held accountable.
“Someone had to send an email to order those boxes, and the postal inspector should go after the person who ordered all this stuff,” Becton said. “This is ridiculous that all you can tell me is that you are sorry it happened.”