A UPS driver who went on a racist rant whereas delivering a bundle to a Latino family in Milwaukee a number of days earlier than Christmas Day has been terminated, an organization spokesperson informed NBC News on Tuesday.
Footage caught by the home’s video doorbell camera on the night of Dec. 17 exhibits a white man sporting a UPS uniform, standing on a porch whereas holding a bundle and writing what seems to be a “failed to deliver” discover.
“Now you don’t get f—— nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—— English language,” the UPS driver is seen saying as he pastes the notice in the home’s door. A young Latino police officer lives in the house.
“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,” Shirley Aviles, the mother of the Latino officer who lives in the house, told NBC News by phone.
Due to privacy concerns, the name of the terminated UPS driver is not being disclosed.
The Latino advocacy group Forward Latino organized a press conference Tuesday on behalf of the Latino police officer and his mother, nearly two weeks after the incident, following multiple failed attempts to get UPS to respond, Forward Latino President Darryl Morin said. The young police officer, who was not identified, was not at the press conference.
“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” Morin said during the press conference. The last name on the package was Aviles.
Digital logs from the video doorbell camera service provided by the family and shared with reporters by Forward Latino do not show the UPS worker ringing the doorbell when he delivered the package to the Aviles household. Morin added there’s also no evidence that the worker ever knocked on the door.
“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,” the police officer’s mom said. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”
“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin said.
Matthew O’Connor, senior manager of media relations at UPS, said in an email 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,” he mentioned.
The Aviles household discovered concerning the UPS driver’s termination following the press convention Tuesday.