A rural United States Postal Service carrier who refused to get out of his car to deliver a package is creating quite a stir on the Internet.
In a video filmed Monday and uploaded Tuesday by YouTube user "eDude76," a USPS worker pulls into the user's driveway in a minivan, rolls down the window, and tosses a box at the garage door. Inside the package was a hard drive, and naturally the recipient was a little upset.
"Hey USPS employees, is this an accepted delivery method?" he posted on Reddit under a different alias. "Tired of damaged equipment and dents in my garage door."
The video sparked a discussion on Reddit about awful delivery experiences by USPS as well as FedEx and UPS.
"In this specific instance, I don't think there was any damage caused by this drop (having trouble with the drive, but hopefully not related), but it wouldn't be the first time something got damaged," the video's description reads. "If you watch carefully, you can see the door being pushed in."
The clip apparently was filmed in the Syracuse, N.Y., area, because the user wrote in the "About" section of his YouTube channel: "If any cops in the Syracuse area are checking out this video, I would love to see the ability to report drivers via an online interface."
The YouTube clip already has been viewed more than 700,000 times.
"Yes, I understand boxes can go through rough(er) handling while in transit, but that's not the point, not to mention being dropped on top of another box or conveyer belt is not the same thing," the person said in response to comments left on YouTube. "I have been contacted by the USPS, so hopefully things will calm down now."
But things did not calm down. In a case of poor timing, USPS launched an online campaign Tuesday featuring Spiderman and the hashtag "#AmazingUSPS." Twitter users instead used the tag to re-post the video of the rural delivery gone awry. While USPS has not issued an official response, the most recent tweet from its account on Wednesday afternoon read, "Our employees are committed to delivering your mail far and wide, and we thank those that value their hard work."
- United States Postal Service