A University of Chicago fraternity is under fire for allegedly pulling a foul, anti-gay, racist prank on an unsuspecting postman.
Iran Becton, the postal carrier, says he was made to lug several boxes to a Phi Delta Theta door addressed to one person.
‘About a week after Memorial Day, I had an order to bring 79 of the boxes. I am 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,’ he said, according to The Sun Times.
When Becton finished his final trip, he said one of the frat members told Becton he should read the name ‘Reggin Toggaf’ backwards.
Spelled backwards, it’s a racist and homophobic slur.
‘I was humiliated,’ said Becton, an African American.
Mack Julion, the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Brance 11, said: ‘Their contention was it was a practical joke, but we don’t think it was funny, the letter carrier doesn’t think it was funny, and it doesn’t reflect well on the university.’
The fraternity will not be receiving any mail until they send a written apology to the postal carrier.
Phi Delta Theta claim the USPS priority mail boxes were delivered to the chapter house from an unknown sender, and say they were ‘deeply saddened’ for any emotional distress caused to Becton.
While a statement from the University of Chicago has condemned the prank as ‘deplorable’, no action has yet been taken.
On Phi Delta Theta’s website, it says its mission is to cultivate friendship, acquire a high degree of mental culture and attain a ‘high standard of morality’.