He was robbed, then he lost his job
The holiday season turned into a nightmare for a blue-collar worker who was assaulted and robbed in the line of duty, then blamed for it. Not only did he suffer a harrowing experience just days before the New Year, he was told by his company that he would be held responsible for the lost items. He wouldn’t be able to pay for the items out of his paycheck, though, as he was fired following the incident.
The employee doesn’t believe he should be held liable for being held up.
Robbed at Work
Martyn Gilham was working as a driver for contracted company that delivered Amazon products to support his family until one fateful day when his truck was stolen from him. While Martyn was delivering packages in Coventry, West Midlands in England on Dec. 28, a man dressed in all black threw him to the ground and drove off with the vehicle that still had over 60 packages in it. His wallet was still inside, but the thief didn’t get his phone. He was able to call the police immediately.
“Someone came from behind and shoved me to the floor. I obviously froze and dropped my van key. I didn’t know whether he was armed or what he might do to me. He grabbed the key, pushed me out of the way, jumped into the van and drove off,” he told Mail Online.
After the incident, Martyn texted his boss at Fast Despatch Transport Ltd. asking for updates about the brazen theft. Martyn was told that the vehicle was recovered by the police but that he wasn’t going to be given his job back.
Getting the Bill
“We will not use your service anymore… about your earning, we have to wait to see what will be the bill for the van and for the parcels inside and you receive the rest,” Martyn’s boss wrote to him. He later claimed that his boss grilled him about the event, asking if he left the key in the ignition or if there was something he could have done to prevent it.
Martyn was stunned. “I feel like I was blamed for something that wasn’t my fault at all. I’m a victim of crime,” he commented. He told his boss that he felt the treatment was “unfair” and that he was taking legal action against Fast Despatch Transport and Amazon.
Not only was Martyn threatened with wage garnishment and the loss of his job, his wallet containing his bank cards and license was lost. “My last payment from the company was on Tuesday 19 December, and now I’m missing six full days of pay,” he told the media. “I should imagine a company like Amazon would have insurance for their parcels so I don’t understand why my wages have to cover them.”
Martyn felt especially strained by this news because he has an 11-month-old child to care for.
A spokesperson for Amazon said that the retail giant was relieved to hear that the driver was safe and that they are working with the delivery company to make sure that the driver is treated fairly. Someone representing Fast Despatch Transport Ltd. commented that Martyn would not be liable for the packages lost in the theft but that he would have to pay for any damages to the work vehicle.