FedEx workers praised for responding to racist attack
A FedEx employee in Douglasville, Georgia, is hailed on Twitter for his confident response to a racist encounter with a customer.
A Video posted to the ATL Uncensored Twitter page, shows a FedEx driver pulling up in front of a house in suburban Atlanta. A white man stands at the end of a driveway and hurls racial slurs and threats at the driver.
The video, taken by the driver and viewed more than 4.5 million times, is around 30 seconds long. It sparked a flurry of reactions from people on Twitter, who criticized the customer and praised the driver for keeping his composure.
After the customer calls the driver several racial slurs, he threatens to fight the driver if the driver runs over his dog, who was also seen in the footage. The driver laughs, says he didn’t run over anything, and continues to film the encounter before the customer walks back up the driveway to the house.
Many users commented on Twitter about the driver’s composure during the exchange and suggested that FedEx should ban deliveries to the customer’s home in the future.
“Well done to the driver for keeping his composure. We will all encounter pain and prejudice in life. Society is not perfect. To be clear – I don’t condone this at all, but the driver here has the power.” a person tweeted. “He deliberately exercised self-control.”
“Perfect example, don’t get discouraged by words,” someone added.
Others commented on the driver filming the encounter, saying they hoped he wasn’t fired or reprimanded for videotaping the exchange.
“I really hope the driver wasn’t fired. I agree that they must ban all shipments to this fool’s house,” said one woman tweeted.
FedEx announced in an email news week that it was a “review of circumstances” behind the encounter.
“At FedEx, we believe everyone deserves respect. The behavior depicted in this video is extremely disturbing. The safety of our team members and service providers is our top priority and we are investigating the circumstances behind this matter,” a spokesman said news week.
Others said if they had been in the driver’s shoes they would have lost their jobs for responding to being called racial slurs.
“Yes, I would lose my job that day. I will not be discriminated against by anyone or make me feel like a beast, especially if they don’t wear shoes. I step on their toes,” someone tweetedand pointed out that the customer was not wearing shoes while yelling at the driver in the video.
Other speculated that the driver did not approach the customer because he thought the customer might be armed with a concealed weapon or the driver was scared. Several users called the behavior of the customer “disgusting.”
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