A shocking video captured by a doorbell camera caught the moment an Amazon delivery man spit on a package and appeared to smear it around with his hand on the customer’s front porch.
On Friday, in the midst of the worsening coronavirus pandemic, TMZ reported on the incident which occurred on Thursday at a residence in Los Angeles.
“I received the box and saw a big wet spot and then checked the camera!” tweeted Marcus Martinez, the homeowner who lives in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles
The footage shows the man, who is wearing a vest with the Amazon logo on the back, leaning over to spit on the package and then smearing it with his hand before taking a photo of his delivery.
“Our sources say Amazon was contacted by a neighbor and a friend of the person whose package was spit on, and a customer service rep watched the footage with them,” reported TMZ. “We’re told the rep gasped in horror and expressed shock that it was an older man, and not a young delivery worker. The rep confirmed the delivery guy was from a third party service and he was reported — but said it’s possible he might be back on the job today, anyway.”
A neighbor also posted the tracking photo along with this message for Amazon: “I’d like to believe this was an honest mistake. PLEASE make sure your staff is educated and taking all the necessary precautions!”
An Amazon spokesperson told The New York Post in an email: “This is clearly not representative of drivers who deliver for Amazon and the care they take for customers around the world every day. We are aggressively investigating to understand what may have occurred in this situation. If it truly was a malicious act by the driver, we will be sure he is held accountable, up through and including law enforcement action.”
People who intentionally spread the coronavirus could be charged with terrorism for the “purposeful exposure and infection of others,” according to a Justice Department memo, CNN reported.
A similar incident occurred earlier this week when a woman was arrested for coughing all over $35,000 worth of grocery produce.