Post Office computer glitch causes wrongly accused employees to go postal
The Post Office now admits that it was a virus in their computer system that caused shortfalls at several branches in the last few years, not light fingered workers.
In fact, the shortfalls didn’t even exist – and the wrongly accused post masters are FURIOUS, especially as a few of them lost their homes as a result, and a handful actually went to prison for their non-existent crimes.
Britain’s 11,500 sub postmasters balance their own books, and some were being notified by Post Office computers that thousands of pounds had gone missing.
Independent investigators Second Sight, who are employed by the Post Office to check the system – called Horizon – found several glitches dating from 2011 and 2012, showing a shortfall of £9000 at 76 branches.
Before they figured this out, innocent sub postmasters have been accused of false accounting, and some have had to pay back the shortfalls out of their own pockets.
The Post Office said they would make ‘further improvements in this area and take better account of individual requirements and circumstances going forward".
‘We’re all really, really angry.’ said Jo Hamilton, who used to run a post office in Hampshire.
The Post Office should beware - you really don't want to mess with an army of disgruntled Mrs Goggins' with access to parcel tape guns and highly adhesive labels.