However, after #BoycottFedEx began trending on Twitter, FedEx released a statement saying the two would still be employed. The company acknowledged that the two had been fired by a contractor that FedEx uses, but FedEx said it rehired them while an investigation took place.
We are aware of the incident in GA that led to the release of two drivers employed by a service provider. We're offering employment while investigating to ensure an appropriate outcome. We take seriously allegations of discrimination, retaliation, or improper employment actions.
— FedEx (@FedEx) May 21, 2020
Heavy has reached out to Antonio Braswell, the FedEx employee who posted the video, and has yet to hear back. Heavy also reached out to FedEx to clarify details of the men’s employment status.
Twitter Posts Provided Blow-by-Blow of the Incident
Braswell, who posted the video on Twitter, said he and his colleague — identified as Felinzay in a GoFundMe page — were delivering a package to the customer in the video when he suddenly became belligerent.
Update FedEx called and told me to take down this video and fired both of us Today .. I’m reposting this video because people like him doesn’t matter white or any race should never disrespect essential workers putting their lives in jeopardy especially with this covid-19 pic.twitter.com/Fw0S5gNRso
— antonio (@Toniob38) May 20, 2020
Braswell’s string of Twitter posts said the two pulled up to a home to deliver a package when the customer ran out of his house swearing at and threatening them. He wrote that the customer “kept saying he would whoop out black asses.” He also wrote that the customer told his wife to call the police on them, followed them and pulled out a phone to record them.
Braswell wrote that the customer yelled “f*** y’all” as he and his colleague were driving away. He said they returned to the customer’s house, and when police showed up, the customer told police he thought the deliverymen were going to break into his house while his wife was there, Braswell wrote.
According to the post:
Mind y’all we go through this all the time he was the first to actually come at us crazy and all we doing is our job [.] Work 6 days out the week to deliver these packages during this coronavirus going on … I really appreciate the job opportunity i had with FedEx .. no hard feelings but i pray i can get back on my feet because i have a daughter now.
A GoFundMe Page for the Two Has Raised Nearly $61,000
Jeremy Jones at the GAFollowers news site launched a GoFundMe page for the two FedEx employees that quickly exceeded its $45,000 goal and as of Thursday morning has raised nearly $61,000 of its new $75,000 goal.
The GoFundMe page reads:
All we did was deliver his package, he was in the house at the time. It was a quick stop and as soon as we were leaving he ran out his house cursing and threatening us. While we were looking confused we just apologized for being on his yard but he keep going on then kept saying he would whoop our black asses and then he told his wife to call the cops. That’s when he pulled out his phone playing victim and that’s when I recorded. Idk what the police did but I posted this video because we go through racism everyday on that route in Leesburg but he was the first one to actually come up and actually threaten us.