On the evening of 17th of December, 2020 a UPS driver was caught on camera doing something very racist.
What appeared to be a “failed to deliver” notice was written and as he was sticking the note to the home’s door he was caught by the doorbell camera saying terrible things.
“Now you don’t get f—— nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—— English language,”
The house was the home to a young Latino police officer.
The mother of the young officer, Shirley Aviles, had a phone conversation with NBC News, where she explained her disappointment.
“UPS is huge, they’re global and this serves for any other businesses that are delivering packages, you can’t do that. You can’t just look at a package and make these crazy assumptions” – she says.
“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an EpiPen or a book I needed to take a final,” continues Ms. Aviles. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”
After multiple attempts for UPS to respond, Forward Latino which is an advocacy group that organized a press conference on behalf of the police officer and his mother.
The president of Forward Latino, Darryl Morin said “The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” which was Aviles.
UPS senior manager of media relations Matthew O’Connor said that the company “immediately contacted the family to offer our deepest apologies when we learned about this incident.”
“There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” says Matthew O’Connor.
After the conference was held on Tuesday, that’s when the Aviles family was informed that the UPS driver was terminated.
“This is bigger than just ‘hey, I’m sorry, he’s been fired and we apologize.” – adds Aviles.
“This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”
The message that the Forward Latino group and Ms Aviles are sending to UPS is to make greater investments in anti-bias and inclusion training for their employees.
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