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University of Chicago Frat Plays Disgusting Homophobic, Racist Prank on Postal Carrier

The Phi Delta Theta fraternity at the University of Chicago is under investigation after a postal carrier exposed a racist, homophobic prank that it had played on him, the Sun-Times reports:

Becton“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,” Becton said.

“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 items — all 79 of them — were addressed to “Reggin Toggaf.” Written backward, the first name is a racial slur. The last name is a slur for gay men.

The fraternity's mail delivery has been suspended during the investigation by the Postal Inspection Service, which wants to insure that the carrier feels safe to deliver the mail.

Mack Julion, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, Branch 11, spoke with the frat house's former president, who blew off the seriousness of the incident:

“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,” Julion told me.

Julion said the fraternity told him the “joke” was being played on them and was not meant to offend Becton.

“But if 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 said he asked. “Is this standard protocol in terms of practical jokes? Is this the way they go back and forth, because it is not acceptable.”

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  1. Why is that even funny, to anybody and in any way?

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jun 14, 2013 12:46:09 PM

  2. The fraternity should be suspended and shut down. This was no practical joke. It was an exercise in blatant discrimination against all African and Gay Americans. All students who participated should be removed from the University of Chicago.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jun 14, 2013 12:51:05 PM

  3. Wow, when you involve innocents in racist and homophobic joke it no longer becomes a practical joke between two fraternities.
    Even if it didn't involve anyone else what's so funny about using the name F*ggot N*gger?

    Fail. I hope the frat can be fined or dis joined.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Jun 14, 2013 12:52:42 PM

  4. The university should suspend their charter. Not funny, not cute, not witty, just plain stupid and offensive.

    Posted by: Brian in Texas | Jun 14, 2013 1:03:53 PM

  5. More info needed.

    And someone is guilty of federal[s] crimes. Anything involving the USPS, from mail fraud to interfering with delivery is a federal offense.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 14, 2013 1:05:16 PM

  6. Total fail.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Jun 14, 2013 1:05:34 PM

  7. This is one of the nastiest, emotionally destructive and hateful things I've read this year. I want the authorities to find who did this and prosecute them for hate crimes.

    Posted by: sundayboy | Jun 14, 2013 1:16:49 PM

  8. The USPS should sue the Frat for harrassment.

    I am sure, as it is a Federal service, that there are also indictable offences related to impeding mail service.

    Posted by: strepsi | Jun 14, 2013 1:18:55 PM

  9. Like WTF is a "fraternity" ?

    Is it an American invention, a cover for latent "urgeings" of the male on male kind ?
    If so haven't we all grown up now and we can be open ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Jun 14, 2013 1:20:18 PM

  10. Come on these are just kids. Didn't you ever do something silly at that age? We should just give them a pass.

    /for those of you challenged, this was snark.

    Posted by: Marc C | Jun 14, 2013 1:27:04 PM

  11. As a UChicago alum, I'm sickened and embarrassed. These boys certainly don't make the cut and should be suspended for a quarter or so at the least.

    Posted by: DavidR | Jun 14, 2013 1:36:18 PM

  12. Sresol Gnikcuf.

    Posted by: Rad | Jun 14, 2013 1:39:05 PM

  13. If the joke was not directed towards the carrier, why did they have to explain it to him?

    Posted by: Mawm | Jun 14, 2013 1:39:28 PM

  14. Did they pay the shipping? All else is irrelevant.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 14, 2013 1:39:44 PM

  15. Teasing a postal worker...isn't that rather like poking the bear?

    Posted by: Michael W. | Jun 14, 2013 1:42:00 PM

  16. Thanks Rad! Couldn't have said it better myself.

    Posted by: Ben Nevis | Jun 14, 2013 1:42:40 PM

  17. It's actually a reference to a video. It's probably not your demo.

    Posted by: NoSleep4sam | Jun 14, 2013 1:44:19 PM

  18. Fraternities and Sororities s*ck in general.
    And why did they wait until he had carried all the boxes from the van to the door before they told him the 'joke'?

    Posted by: Lifesart | Jun 14, 2013 1:44:40 PM

  19. Height of stupidity and lack of character. But, I find it very likely it was the Phi Delts. It seems kinda like sending 74 pizzas as a prank, which you wouldn't do to yourself unless you were a total moron (possible, I admit). Unless they had some strange grudge against the carrier (which he hasn't mentioned), I think it's very likely it was another UofC frat. Shouldn't be hard to track and trace a shipment that large, so I do hope they pull the charter, expel, and prosecute the frat and people who "pulled the prank."

    Posted by: Liam | Jun 14, 2013 1:46:48 PM

  20. Also, jokes aren't funny if you have to explain them.

    Posted by: NoSleep4sam | Jun 14, 2013 1:47:00 PM

  21. um, make the first sentence "very unlikely" it was the Phi Delts.

    Posted by: Liam | Jun 14, 2013 1:48:00 PM

  22. @Divad Enraeh

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    Posted by: BearlyBob | Jun 14, 2013 1:52:39 PM

  23. This is not funny in any way!!

    Posted by: nn | Jun 14, 2013 2:04:00 PM

  24. To those implying 'it wasn't that bad...' - they could have used any other words - yffad kcud or yllis ekoj, etc - but they didn't. They specifically chose two words that cannot be construed as anything but racist and discriminatory. This was a hate crime disguised as a 'college practical joke' and the perpetrators should not be allowed to get away with it. University officials should shut down the fraternity, slap the entire fraternity membership with a heavy fine and toss out those fraternity members who had direct involvement. The reality of the discriminatory and hate crime act needs to be brought home to the students of this University.

    There's no ifs, ands, or buts about it guys - these fraternity members set out to degrade, belittle, humiliate and inflict harm on all African and Gay Americans. These are college adults, not Junior High idiots.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Jun 14, 2013 2:06:31 PM

  25. Was the return address "Flake Residence, Mesa, AZ", by chance?

    Posted by: Flakes R Us | Jun 14, 2013 2:42:26 PM

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