A dead man was brought to a post office in Ireland, in an attempt to collect his pension in one of the most bizarre incidents.
The shocking incident in which the deceased male was propped up by two other men happened at the post office on Staplestown Road in Carlow town.
Staff at the post office immediately became suspicious and contacted emergency services.
No money was handed over and it is understood that the deceased man is well known to the two men who moved his body.
A local woman living beside the post office told how her daughter witnessed two men carrying a man into the shop.
“She was leaving my house at the time and said the man looked unwell as his feet were dragging the ground,” she said.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said there was a queue outside of the post office at the time.
“It’s a small shop and you’re only allowed three at a time with social distancing. People were in shock as they thought he was after having a heart attack,” she said.
“I feel awful for the staff. They’ve suffered so many robberies over the years, they’re worn out. I’ve a 12 year old daughter and I’m trying to explain to her what happened and sure where do you start. It’s awful.”
Neighbours of the deceased said they are in “total shock” after the incident.
“He was a lovely man, a lovely neighbour and we’re all very upset,” one woman said.
“We don’t want to speculate about what happened but all I can say is it’s a sad night and a shock to the system,” another said.
“Gardaí are investigating all the circumstances surrounding the unexplained death of an elderly male in the Carlow area this morning, Friday 21st January 2022,” a spokesman said.
“The services of the Garda Technical Bureau and the Office of the State Pathologist have been requested.
“A post mortem will be conducted by the Office of the State Pathologist, the results of which will determine the course of the investigation.”