Black delivery drivers 'fired' after racial confrontation with customer

A delivery boy and his colleague say they were fired after videos were released in which they confronted a customer in Georgia, in the southeastern US.

Antonio Braswell, who worked for FedEx, claimed that a customer began to curse and threaten the couple after delivering a package to the man’s house in Leesburg, in the southeast corner of the state.

The alleged threat was not seen in the video, but it showed Antonio talking to the man, “You didn’t have to catch me like that.”

While Antonio remained a few yards away from the customer, he continued, “I’m not waiting for the police to come.”

The man takes his phone to film and asks, “Where are you going?”

He replied, “I’m not going to waste my time with you. You get my information.

“Yeah, I thought you’d do my a ** too.”

The clips end when Antonio gets on the van and leaves the premises.

He posted the video to Twitter on Tuesday and wrote, “We just apologized, but he kept escalating the situation and kept saying he would scream [our] black a ****.

He later claimed that FedEx fired him and his colleague after posting the video

“People like him don’t matter, white or any race, should never despise essential workers who are putting their lives at risk, especially with this Covid-19.”

Yesterday, Antonio posted an update claiming that FedEx had told him to delete the video and that he and his colleague had been fired.

The local sheriff’s office said the Leesburg police responded to the incident, according to local media.

He said the man said to the police that “they look like they broke into my house while my wife is there,” Newser reported.

FedEx released a statement yesterday claiming the driver was employed by an independent service provider, NBC News reports.

They confirmed with the contractor that “the drivers no longer provide service on behalf of FedEx land”.

FedEx spokesperson Rae Lyn Rushing told Daily Star Online: “FedEx takes allegations of discrimination, retaliation or improper employership very seriously.

“These individuals are employed by an independent service provider and FedEx will investigate these claims thoroughly.

“While we are conducting this research, FedEx will provide employment to these drivers.”


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