Delivery drivers are typically on a tight schedule. As cell phone video and doorbell cameras have grown more popular, we’re seeing more examples of hapless and hurried drivers tossing packages at porches and defecating on driveways, but this video captures a new low. A UPS driver blocked an ambulance so he could make a quick delivery.
The lights of the ambulance were clearly on, and the sirens were blaring. The ambulance drivers were either headed to an accident or heading back to the hospital with a patient in the back. Either way, they had somewhere to be.
The UPS driver, though, wasn’t about to be inconvenienced. Despite the lights and noise, the man parked his big brown truck in the middle of the street. What is most insulting is that the ambulance almost had room to drive around the UPS truck. Almost.
The snowy streets of Brooklyn, New York were slick, though, and there wasn’t enough room to safely pull around the UPS truck. And so the ambulance had to wait.
The man exited the truck carrying an armload of packages. Someone on the street was already shooting video and confronted the driver. Despite the apparent urgency of the package delivery, the driver took the time to berate witnesses who were questioning his actions.
Their conversation didn’t cast the UPS driver in a flattering light. He was surly and threatened to sue the man videoing the scene.
“Do me a favor and let me pass, please… and bear in mind if you post that you will get a lawsuit.”
When the man didn’t stop filming, the driver became even more irate.
After more than 30 seconds, the driver returned to his truck. Even then, he didn’t seem to be in any hurry.
A spokesman for UPS told The Daily Mail that “UPS trains its drivers to follow all traffic laws, which includes allowing emergency vehicles to pass.”
“We are aware of the situation and taking appropriate action.” Just what that appropriate action is remains unknown, though it will likely be the immediate termination of the driver. This is precisely the kind of publicity public-serving companies try to avoid.