FedEx Says It Did Not Fire Two Men Who Posted Controversial Video After #BoycottFedEx Began Trending

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Twitter #BoycottFedEx is trending because of this video.

Two former delivery men from Georgia said they were fired from FedEx after posting a video of an encounter with a customer who they say threatened to “whoop their black asses.”

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.

Naveed Jamali, a Newsweek columnist, said FedEx declined to give him the name of the company that originally hired them.

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.

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.

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