An angry courier has spoken out and urged people to stop buying “non-essential tat” during lockdown because their actions make the jobs of couriers and warehouse workers that much harder.
As the self-employed delivery driver from the UK claimed, people who are now under lockdown are ordering more rubbish than ever.
“Please stop ordering non-essential tat. While you keep ordering online, workers in warehouses are risking their lives having to keep picking and packing it, and us couriers have to keep putting ourselves at risk collecting from crowded depots to deliver it,” the woman expressed.
As she went on to say, she had to deliver over one hundred non-essential packages in a single day – a number much higher than what she had to deliver before the coronavirus lockdown was imposed.
“We understand we are key workers, and we are happy to do our job and risk our lives and the lives of others to deliver essential key items for people to survive during the lockdown,” she added.
“I’ve delivered Superdrug packages which I’m sure are full of handwash, and educational items from places like The Works – all that is totally fair enough.
“But when people are ordering clothes online, that is madness. I don’t understand where they’re going in this stuff anyway at the moment? 120 parcels in a day is much higher than the average number I was delivering pre-coronavirus.”
As the 40-year-old courier explained, she sometimes also has to return to the same locations multiple times because some people want to return the purchases they’re not satisfied with.
In addition, she alleged that “couriers are getting more and more scared” because while they do get paid for each parcel they deliver the higher number of orders also increases their chances of contracting coronavirus.
“We want to remain in employment and do our bit to help, but we don’t want to risk ourselves unnecessarily. We get paid per parcel, but at the moment I would rather come in and find 10 parcels which are clearly all essential, than 120 which aren’t,” she said.
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