On June 29, Derick Lancaster, who goes by @_lilderick on Twitter and resides in Warren, vented his frustrations on the social media platform that afternoon.
Lancaster reportedly left the van at a gas station in Lathrup Village, which was seemingly — but not absolutely — confirmed by another Twitter user who shared a photo of the vehicle. The 22-year-old’s tweet has since received over 225,000 likes and more than 1,000 responses.
“I can’t imagine how selfish someone has to be to abandon a van full of other people’s property with the keys in the ignition and broadcast where it is so people can steal said property and the van itself,” one person wrote. “Walking off the job is one thing. This? This is not okay.”
Others, however, were more forgiving.
“Amazon is the modern day plantation,” another wrote. “You only know if you worked there.”
“The worse part of working at Amazon for me was the before shift stretches …,” a third shared. “Where the entire warehouse does stretching together while yelling out numbers of seconds … I couldn’t shake the feeling of realizing this is something that they would practice in a CULT.”
In an interview with the Detroit News, Lancaster explained that he quit because he had been fed up with his workload.
“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.”
Lancaster said he had joined the company five months ago and started off working at a warehouse. He then later switched to delivery, making stops in Royal Oak, Southfield and Troy. Though he admitted that his salary at the warehouse was decent, he noted that “you work for every penny when you’re delivering.” The 22-year-old added that, while warehouse employees can leave after their shift ends, delivery drivers can’t go home until they drop off all their packages.
When asked whether customers would be upset about getting their packages late or not getting them at all, Lancaster had a blunt response.
“They’re going to get them regardless,” he said, noting that he believed the van was eventually returned to Amazon.
“They have trackers on the trucks, so it’s not like someone could just take off with it,” he said.
An Amazon representative told the Detroit News that the company is looking into the incident but did not confirm whether Lancaster was actually an employee. Officials for the Southfield and Lathrup Village police departments also said they have yet to receive any reports about a stolen Amazon van that was left around the time Lancaster had tweeted.
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