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UPS worker fired over obscene gesture

A seasonal UPS worker -- seen on video making an obscene gesture at the surveillance camera before flinging a package to the stoop of an East Northport home -- was fired Friday, a company spokeswoman said.

The video, which aired Thursday on Fox 5's "Good Day New York," is at least the second one this week to feature a delivery worker inappropriately handling a package during the busiest delivery time of the year.

A YouTube video also made the rounds in recent days showing a FedEx driver tossing a packaged computer monitor over a fence.

FedEx apologized and said the employee was no longer working with customers.

United Parcel Service spokeswoman Ronna Branch said Friday the East Northport incident happened despite employees being reminded in pre-shift meetings "about being aware [of cameras] and about doing what's right."

"Providing perfect service is our goal, and we fell short in mishandling this package," she said.

Branch said she couldn't conclusively say whether such a meeting occurred before that worker's particular shift.

She declined to identify the exact location of the incident or the worker.

She said the man was a temporary helper who rides along on delivery trucks to help carry packages during the holiday season and one of 55,000 seasonal workers hired nationally to augment UPS' 400,000 regular employees.

This is the busiest week for UPS, one when 120 million packages nationally are delivered, including 26 million on Thursday, the busiest day of the year.

Branch said seasonal workers are usually on their best behavior, hoping to be hired full time.

"I don't think this is going to be good for his chances," she said.


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