The UPS driver who flipped the middle finger and threw a package last week all while being caught on video was fired, according to the courier company.
Natalie Godwin, a representative of UPS, told NBC New York that the driver caught on video was a seasonal employee in Long Island and was fired following the incident.
We don't tolerate such conduct, Godwin said. And yes, he was fired.
The UPS driver was caught on video on Dec. 15 around 5 p.m. carrying a white box from Zappos.com walking up to the door for a special delivery. The man then proceeds to knowingly give the middle finger to a security camera installed on the North Port, Long Island home before tossing the package near the door.
The video has become a viral hit on YouTube with multiple versions uploaded to the video sharing Web site.
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It's been a rough week for courier companies, as the week before Christmas is the peak of the delivery season for holiday package deliveries, prompting some drivers to backlash.
Last week, a Fed EX worker throwing a package containing a computer monitor over a fence has reached national attention since it debuted on the Internet, garnering over four million views in just a few days.
The recipient, YouTube user gobbie55, said he was home when the delivery was made.
The sad part is that I was home at the time with the front door wide open. All he would have had to do was ring the bell on the gate. Now I have to return my monitor since it is broken, the YouTube user wrote.
The incident prompted a response from Fed Ex, which read:
The situation has now been resolved to the customer's satisfaction, and we are handling the employee according to our disciplinary policies...While we continue to be surprised about the behavior shown, we know this is an aberration and is not reflective of the outstanding FedEx customer service that makes us proud around the world.
The UPS said it expects to deliver more than 120 million parcels the week leading up to Christmas, which is up six percent since last year.