A Warren man's tweet that he abandoned his Amazon job — and a van full of packages — at a Metro Detroit gas station has taken off on social media, with some fearing for their goods and others congratulating him for sticking it to the retail giant.
Derick Lancaster, who goes by @_lilderick on Twitter, tweeted at 2:50 p.m. Monday about quitting his job as a delivery driver for Amazon and abandoning the van he drove for the company at a gas station in Lathrup Village, with the keys in the ignition.
“I quit amazon f--- that driving s--- i left the van on 12 mile and Southfield y’all can have that b---- and it’s full of gas wit the keys in the IGNITION” he tweeted.
It has since gone viral with thousands of retweets and millions of interactions.
On Tuesday, the 22-year-old said after making deliveries for the giant online retailer, he quit because he had had enough.
“I was making 200-300 stops a day, and I just couldn’t do it anymore,” he said. “I was working from 9 in the morning to about 10 at night, and I couldn’t do it anymore.”
A representative for Amazon said the company is looking into the incident and did not confirm Lancaster's employment.
Lancaster said he had been working for the company for five months and was based out of Amazon’s Hazel Park delivery station. After starting with a position in the warehouse, he switched to delivery. His route included stops in Royal Oak, Southfield and Troy.
The money for warehouse work was good, he added, but “you work for every penny when you're delivering.”
He explained warehouse workers have a set schedule and can go home when their shifts are over, but delivery drivers can’t knock off for the day until all of their packages have made it to their destinations.
He said he left the van after 2 p.m. Monday and summoned a rideshare car to pick him up and take him home.
Lancaster said he wasn’t too worried about Amazon’s customers being upset at not getting their orders or getting them late.
“They’re going to get them regardless,” he said.... (Read more)
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