Bishop’s Waltham Post Office has been closed for a number of days following claims that some customers have been abusive to staff members.
It is also alleged that there has been an online “witch-hunt” against the postmaster and members of staff.
The Post Office, in High Street, Bishop’s Waltham remains closed today. A notice on the door says: “Please note that the post office and shop will be closed Saturday 26th June and possibly the following week.
“This is due to the immense stress that has been placed upon staff by a minority of customers who have taken upon themselves to verbally abuse our staff.
“In addition, there appears to be an online “witch-hunt” taking place on social media platforms against both our Postmaster and staff
“This has been totally unacceptable and has been the reason for the temporary closure.
“We are currently reviewing our position with this matter and should like to remind our customers that we will be operating a “Zero Tolerance” approach to such behaviour in future.
We operate a CCTV system with audio recording for our staff safety. When we re-open we will pass any/all recordings of the above behaviour to the authorities.
“To all our pleasant and loyal customers however, we would like to sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this has caused and look forward to seeing you in the near future.”
A Post Office spokesperson said: “Bishops Waltham Post Office is currently closed due to personal reasons. We are sorry that the Postmaster has felt the need for a short-term closure of the branch. We are liaising with the branch and we hope that service will resume tomorrow. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the unexpected closure. Alternative branches include Swanmore and Botley.”