A recently uploaded video captured a customer accosting Black FedEx workers for trying to deliver a package to his house. Now, it appears the company has fired the workers.
In the video, which has been viewed over 1 million times, a Black man in a FedEx uniform goes back and forth with a white customer, who he alleges threatened him.
“You didn’t have to come out here cussing me like that,” the FedEx worker says in the video.
Eventually, the worker gets into the delivery vehicle and drives away.
The video went viral within hours of being uploaded, with many decrying the customer’s behavior.
On Wednesday, a person claiming to be one of the workers reported he was fired for refusing to delete the viral post. He explained his side of the story on Twitter and revealed FedEx’s decision to let him go.
“FedEx called and told me to take down this video and fired both of us Today .. I’m reposting this video because people like him doesn’t matter white or any race should never disrespect essential workers putting their lives in jeopardy especially with this covid-19,” user @Toniob38 tweeted.
In the Twitter thread that followed, he also gave some very necessary context to help viewers understand what happened leading up to the incident. He explained that the customer accused him and his co-worker of trying to break into his house and threatened to call the cops on them.
“All we did was deliver his package, he was in the house at the time. It was a quick stop and as soon as we were leaving he ran out his house cursing and threatening us. While we were looking confused we just apologized for being on his yard but he keep going on then kept saying he would whoop our black asses and then he told his wife to call the cops,” one of the men allegedly wrote in a GoFundMe set-up for them.
The worker said they “go through racism every day on that route in Leesburg but he was the first one to actually come up and actually threaten us.”
In the Twitter thread, Toniob38 also explained that he isn’t holding a grudge against FedEx for the firing but now worries about how he will provide for his daughter.
“I really appreciate the job opportunity i had with FedEx .. no hard feelings but i pray i can get back on my feet because i have a daughter now,” he wrote.
Many expressed outrage and concern over FedEx’s decision to terminate the workers’ employment. “@FedEx really is this what y’all stand for? Supporting racists over your essential workers in the middle of the pandemic,” one user commented.
“These two FedEx employees were fired simply for doing their job,” the fundraiser’s description reads. “We’ve spoken to both former employees and they will be grateful for any type of support as they transition to finding a new job.”
The fundraiser has so far raised nearly $30,000 of its $40,000 goal to help support the men as they look for new work opportunities.
*First Published: May 20, 2020, 9:17 pm
Tiffanie Drayton is a geek culture and lifestyle reporter whose work covers everything from gender and race to anime and Xbox. Her work has appeared in Complex, Salon, Marie Claire, Playboy, and elsewhere.