We have all become accustomed to on-line shopping, me included. But have you ever taken a moment to think about the driver of a UPS or Fed-Ex truck? My son is a UPS driver, going on 25 years with the company. His shoulders are shot from all the heavy lifting, the eighteen (or so) inch step out of and into the truck over 200 times a day has gotten to his knees and he gets to see his daughter on weekends, because at the age of five, she is usually in bed by the time he gets home at night. On an exceptionally light delivery day during the year he might get home by 7pm; between Thanksgiving and Christmas it is usually close to 10pm. I’m not trying to complain, just educate. Yes, he makes good money, but it comes with a price.
During the month of December a UPS driver can actually be fired for calling in sick, or taking time to go to a friend’s funeral. It takes an emotional toll on my son when he has to tell his family, or friend he can’t be there for them because his job is at stake.
I’m not looking for sympathy, but empathy would be nice. Next time you get a package delivered whether from Cyber Monday shopping or any other day, think about the sacrifices your driver may be making to get that package to you on the day it is expected. And if that driver is a little crabby during the next month, think about the fact he/she might be letting his family down during this busy season in order to improve yours.
Footnote: UPS increases their employee count drastically during the holidays and they still can’t keep up sometimes. So please have patience. They do try their hardest in my son’s building anyway. Happy Holidays.