FedEx Says It Did Not Fire Workers Who Posted Viral Video of Racist Customer

FedEx has denied reports it fired two of their drivers after a video of them confronting a customer over an alleged racist incident in Georgia was posted online.

The video, which was uploaded onto social media by Antonio Braswell, shows what appears to be the aftermath of an incident that took place in Leesburg.

During the clip, which has been viewed more than 4.7 million on Twitter, a black FedEx employee is seen challenging a while male who is recording him on his cellphone, telling the customer "you didn't have to come out here cussing me like that."

The stand-off continues for several more seconds before the driver gets in his vehicle, tells the customer that he is not waiting for the police to arrive and drives away.

It is unclear what sparked the argument, but according to Blackwell, it occurred moments after they delivered a package to the white male's house.

"As soon as we were leaving he ran out his house cursing and threatening us and we just apologized but he kept escalating the situation then kept saying he would whoop our black asses," he tweeted.

"That's when we told his wife to get the police on us.. that's when he kept following us then he pulled out his phone to record us and start playing the victim role we drove off at first but they yelled "f**k y'all"

"So we stopped the truck and that's when I started recording the incident.. after the video the police came and we told our side of the story & the man said to the police 'they look like they would've broke into my house while my wife is there' the white dude was lying the whole time."

Update FedEx called and told me to take down this video and fired both of us Today .. I’m reposting this video because people like him doesn’t matter white or any race should never disrespect essential workers putting their lives in jeopardy especially with this covid-19

— antonio (@Toniob38) May 20, 2020

In a follow-up tweet, Blackwell claimed that the company called him and told him to take down the footage, before firing both him and the driver seen in the clip.

"I'm reposting this video because people like him doesn't matter white or any race should never disrespect essential workers putting their lives in jeopardy especially with this COVID-19," Blackwell added.

As the clip went viral, #boycottFedEx became one of the top trending topics on Twitter, with tens of thousands of people demanding that the workers get their jobs back.

Elsewhere, a GoFundMe page for the men has since gone on to raise more than $46,000.

In a statement, FedEx said it was aware of the incident and has launched an investigation.

It said it did not fire the men as they were employed by an independent service provider, which is "no longer providing service" on behalf of FedEx, but has offered employment to them both.

A statement added: "We are aware of the incident in GA that led to the release of two drivers employed by a service provider.

"We're offering employment while investigating to ensure an appropriate outcome. We take seriously allegations of discrimination, retaliation, or improper employment actions."

FedEx and Blackwell have been contacted for further comment.

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A FedEx delivery truck is seen on August 07, 2019 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. FedEx has denied that it fired two of its drivers after one of them recorded an encounter with an alleged racist customer. Joe Raedle/Getty