FedEx drivers delivered hundreds of packages into Ravine
It’s great to get some packages off the cliff.
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True, I don’t know about you, but I’m willing to bet at some point you find yourself wondering if the item you ordered last week was like… falling off a cliff on its way to you. I mean, it happens! The most recent was in Alabama, where a FedEx driver apparently stuffed hundreds of packages into a ravine, instead of delivering them to their intended destination. Maybe you can see the driver’s point of view?
New York Times reported that this person – who cannot be named publicly – “no longer provides services,” according to FedEx. This follows a November 24 announcement by the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, which said that deputies had identified a ravine with 300 to 400 packages (Washington Post say 450!) in all shapes and sizes. They had to send a whole fleet of trucks to clear the cache, and Thanksgiving was no less. Officials salvaged the shipments where they could, although as you can imagine, the boxes and their contents were hit pretty hard on the way down the hill, many being crushed further as people Driver throws new inventory onto the pile. Sheriff Mark Moon believes the individual has made at least six trips to the ravine, and now FedEx is attempting to deliver missing goods where possible. Some local consumers seem to appreciate the effort: “We got a package from the ravine delivered,” said one respondent to a Facebook post Moon made about the big crash. . “Even though the food was spoiled because it was delivered a week after it was supposed to be delivered, at least we were happy to receive it.” That’s the spirit!
The driver has not been charged with a criminal offence, though Moon predicts the “FedEx incident” will “not be an easy or quick one to wrap up,” so we’ll see. He asked the public to be patient at this time, although patience – especially patience while waiting for packages – tends to be stretched quite thin this time of year. That brings me to my final point: Times describes FedEx as a “victim of multiple thefts,” but it is hard for me to swallow the idea that FedEx is the wrong side in all of this. While we don’t know anything about drivers’ motives at this time, we do know that delivery drivers often working in hell conditions, large annual holiday order volume only aggravate. (NS supply chain crisis probably doesn’t help! “We reap what we sow” is what I think they say?) At FedEx, the emphasis on speed was really cost of life of some workers. Gawker shows that the overwhelming stress of any job can be frustrating for an employer, manifesting itself in a variety of ways from (and this is hypothesized) quietly stealing office supplies. the arrival room (again, maybe) drops the packages into the abyss. Seems reasonable to me!
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