By Suzanne Rock
With so many negative things going on in the City these days I thought I’d share my story.
I live in a non-doorman building on the Upper West Side. Recently, on a few separate occasions, we have had packages stolen from our lobby. Most of the time the thieves simply steal the packages, but the last time they decided to tear them open and leave what they didn’t want in a mess on the floor. Several non-doorman buildings on our block are having the same problem.
As I was leaving my building the other day, I ran into an Amazon delivery person that I’ve seen before. A friendly twenty-something, his name is Matthew. I told him about the recent robberies. He said he wasn’t surprised, and told me his story:
The day before, when he had finished his shift and was on his way home, he noticed a man on the 86th Street subway station platform with an Amazon bin. Knowing something wasn’t right (because Amazon delivery people don’t use the subway), Matthew approached him. The man told him he worked for Amazon. Matthew asked for ID, which of course he couldn’t produce. The man then fled, leaving the bin which was filled with Amazon and Federal Express packages. Some were torn apart revealing new iPhones. Matthew said he was especially concerned because the Amazon packages had a specific delivery date on them and he knew it was important that they be delivered right away. So…he delivered the packages. Even the Federal Express packages. And he also went to the police. So much for getting home on time…
Oh yeah – Amazon gave him a $100 bonus.