Getting holiday packages swiped from outside your door is an unfortunate risk of online shopping. Unless you’re Al Alverson, a Texas homeowner with a security camera.
When he returned home one recent day to discover that the FedEx package he was expecting was missing, he turned to his footage and discovered the culprit.
And it wasn’t the milkman.
“I said, 'Oh my God, it’s the UPS guy,'” Alverson told KHOU 11 News.
In a video that’s now posted on YouTube and circulating around Reddit, the Grinch in a brown uniform drops off a parcel at Alverson’s door and then soon returns to nab the FedEx package.
The box contained an iPad mini for Alverson’s daughter.
At first, Alverston told the news station, UPS was less than helpful when he called to complain. But once he posted the damning footage, the shipping company promised to send him a replacement tablet, he said.
The delivery man was a temporary holiday worker for UPS, not a driver, spokeswoman Natalie Godwin said. He was fired and arrested, though he has since been released from custody, she said.
UPS replaced the stolen item and “the homeowner is satisfied,” Godwin said. “Every person hired by UPS receives a criminal background check,” she said.
The delivery service has said that it expects to send 135 million packages worldwide this week – its busiest of the year. Thursday, the most intense day of the season, will see 28 million deliveries alone, UPS said.
But it’s not just wayward delivery workers snatching packages. Earlier this week, the Santa Barbara Police Department issued an advisory warning of increased thefts of UPS and FedEx packages.
Parcels are being stolen from front doorsteps, according to the advisory, which urged residents to “remain vigilant and report suspicious activity” as well as use online tracking services when possible.
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