FedEx is facing backlash and calls for a boycott on social media after a black employee said he and another co-worker were after he posted a video showing part of a confrontation with a white customer in Georgia who allegedly began threatening them and saying they “look like they would’ve broke into my house while my wife is there.”
The driver tweeted that the customer began cursing and threatening the pair after they delivered a package to the man’s home in Leesburg, in the state’s southeast corner.
“Update FedEx called and told me to take down this video and fired both of us Today,” the worker wrote, adding: “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.”
“Back story All we did just delivered his package mind you he was in the house it was quick stop as soon we were leaving he ran out his house cursing and threatening us and we just apologized but he kept escalating the situation then kept saying he would whoop out black asses,” he explained. “That’s when we told his wife to get the police on us.. that’s when he kept following us then he pulled out his phone to record us and start playing the victim role we drove off at first but they yelled ‘fuck y’all.’”
“So we stop the truck and that’s when i started recording the incident.. after the video the police came and we told our side of the story & the man said to the police ‘they look like they would’ve broke into my house while my wife is there’ the white dude was lying the whole time. Mind y’all we go through this all the time he was the first to actually come at us crazy and all we doing is our job we Work 6 days out the week to deliver these packages during this coronavirus going on. 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.”
Update 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 pic.twitter.com/Fw0S5gNRso
— antonio braswell (@Toniob38) May 20, 2020
The alleged threats were not captured in the viral video, which shows one of the workers telling the man: “You didn’t have to come out there cussing me like that.”
In a statement late Wednesday, FedEx said that the drivers had been employed by an independent service provider. The company said it confirmed with the contractor that “the drivers are no longer providing service on behalf of FedEx Ground.”
FedEx said it takes any allegations of discrimination, retaliation or improper employment actions seriously and would “be conducting a thorough investigation into these claims.”
“While we conduct this investigation FedEx will provide employment for these drivers,” the company said.