A New York City postal worker was so overwhelmed by the holiday season workload on his delivery route that he dumped 1,000 pieces of mail in the trash, according to papers filed in U.S. Federal Court.

Queens postman Daniel Darby was charged with unlawfully delaying and destroying the mail, according to a report in the New York Post. Federal officials say he was so stressed by the increase in December mail that he bought three white garbage bags, stuffed them with mail and dumped them into the trash. They were discovered two days later.

In a second case reported by the Post, another mail carrier, James Hayden, was accused of stealing 50 gift cards from envelopes over the past year. The Brooklyn mail carrier was charged with theft.

The men and their lawyers declined to comment.