UPS is investigating after one of its drivers allegedly handed an African American man a makeshift noose during an office delivery.
David Mitchell says that the driver “refused to give me the package to deliver and I said, ‘I work here.’ Use key card open the door.” Hostilities between the two escalated. After the (white) driver shoved boxes into Mitchell’s chest, he grabbed some packing material and fashioned a makeshift noose, then handed it to Mitchell.
“I go pick up and this is what he made in front of me and handed to me. Signifying a noose. A makeshift noose,” Mitchell said.
UPS will not release the driver’s name, but released a statement: “It is under investigation, and we are taking this very seriously. We have met with the customer, and there is nothing more to share since it’s still being investigated,” UPS said.
Mitchell says UPS reassigned the driver to another route, and indicated that the company may not do much about it. “They said it’s a ‘he-said-she-said.’ I don’t go to work with makeshift nooses in my back pocket,” Mitchell said, adding that he worries about retaliation because the driver knows where he works.