Amazon Delivery Driver Reportedly Fired for Squashing Puppy With Package

An Amazon driver accused of dropping a package on a customer’s puppy has reportedly been fired.


The Miami Herald reports that a driver delivering a seven-pound package of children’s swimwear was captured on surveillance video carelessly tossing the package of over a chain-link fence. The unidentified Amazon delivery driver is seen in a video uploaded to Facebook walking up the driveway and a puppy’s head appears and disappears in the lower right side of the frame. He seems to drop the package directly on the dog, logs in his successful delivery, heads back to his vehicle, and drives away.

The customer, Roly Andrade, wrote on Facebook, “This guy from amazon threw a package right on my puppy and you can tell it was on purpose, he didn’t even care.”

The Miami Herald contacted Amazon about the incident and a spokesperson reportedly replied, “This does not reflect the high standards we have for delivery partners, and this individual is no longer delivering Amazon packages.”

Andrade’s partner, Brittany Aaron, replied to the video in a comment, saying that Amazon told her it would cover any medical expenses if the dog was injured. We’ve reached out to Amazon for confirmation but did not receive an immediate reply. [Update: Amazon sent us the same confirmation that was given to the Miami Herald.]

Aaron told the Herald the dog’s “eye is a little squinty. I think the corner of the box got him.” She’s unsure if Rocky has any injuries that aren’t readily apparent. She added that the couple has an accessible front door and she doesn’t understand why he elected to put the package where he did. “He clearly knew what he was doing,” she said.


The video evidence paints an ambiguous picture. It’s plausible that the driver didn’t notice what he’s doing. A larger dog is also present and appears to be barking. It’s a fact that mail carriers actually deal with being attacked by dogs more than you probably think. US Postal Service workers even use an app to warn each other of homes where a dog might be a problem. But it’s hard to say this driver looks visibly scared—he really doesn’t give a shit.

So, let’s not go patting Amazon on the back for realizing that puppy abuse isn’t a good look. Its labor practices are notoriously bad with undercover reports finding workers peeing in their vehicles just to save time and meet their quotas. Whatever this guy was doing, it looks like he wanted to lose his job.

Correction: A previous version of this story identified the driver as an Amazon “employee.” Amazon informs us that he was a “contractor.” It’s an important distinction because contractors typically have less job security and fewer benefits than employees.


[Miami Herald via CNET]



What I like about Amazon customers is that they do everything they can to get the cheapest prices, they ignore their own local businesses, want free delivery, and they know already that the company loses money on their retail business and mistreats their employees and delivery drivers, but then they’re shocked — shocked! — that they don’t get blue-ribbon service when they order some kids swimwear.

You get what you pay for. And with Amazon, you’re paying as little as you can manage while also making Jeff Bezos the richest person in the world. That’s the bargain you willingly made. You’re not paying for great service, or even very good service. But somehow the delivery guy is the villain in this whole opera. If you don’t want bad or weird things to happen with deliveries, go buy things at the store.

The dog is obviously innocent in all of this, though the dog also seems fine — they do tend to get out of the way of falling things. I suspect the driver would say the dogs were going to stand in front of him barking no matter where he tried to drop the box. But it’s irritating for the homeowners to act like they deserve to have packages delivered by a couple of Brinks guards when they literally paid the cheapest price they could find for six pounds of kids swimwear.