Amy Taylor confronted a Hermes delivery driver after she saw him dumping packages in the woods in Carnwath, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, however the driver insisted he was simply ‘sorting parcels’
A Hermes driver has been sacked after being spotted “dumping” parcels in a Scottish woodland area.
Mum Amy Taylor captured photos of the driver removing parcels from his car boot and leaving them in a heap outside in Carnwath, South Lanarkshire on Tuesday.
The 34-year-old claims she asked the driver what he was doing, only to be told that he was “sorting parcels”.
However on her way home Amy found the heap of parcels discarded on the ground nearby – including a Hermes package that was addressed to herself.
The nurse claims she even received a notification saying her item had been delivered while she was out on the same walk with her dog.
A spokesman for Hermes today apologised to customers who had been affected by the driver’s actions and confirmed they had “terminated” his contract.
Amy’s images were posted on Facebook on Tuesday, captioned: “These are the photos posted by Amy Taylor today of the Hermes delivery guy apparently marking parcels as delivered, then dumping them up at Kiamend.
“He came back and picked them up because Amy spooked him. Has been reported to the police.”
One photo shows the driver leaning into the boot of his red car on a forest track, whilst a large pile of cardboard boxes and parcels lie beside him.
There looks to be at least two large cardboard boxes along with two Asos packages lying atop a large white parcel.
A second image shows the pile of parcels lying on the ground beside a nearby tree.
The post has attracted over 3,700 shares and more than 900 comments from social media users.
Lorna McCole said: “Whether he’s sorting them into order or not – you don’t leave folks’ parcels piled up in the woods and just f**k off.”
Rosalind Carla Crawford commented: “I am expecting a parcel from Hermes, I hope it’s not dumped by this man.
“We have contacted the place where we ordered from and they keep saying they are waiting for Hermes to come and collect it from the company, I want it for Christmas this year not next year.”
Chelsea Myers said: “Maybe that’s where my dad’s top is, I’ve still not got my refund.”
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Teresa Callender commented: “Omg I’m so lucky I have a reliable and amazing delivery lady”
Speaking today, Amy said: “I was out on a walk with the dog when I spotted him dumping the parcels.
“He was quite far into the woods but when I asked him he insisted he was ‘sorting the parcels’.
“I carried on my way giving him the benefit of the doubt but I ended up turning and going back after thinking it over, but when I returned he was gone.
“I was expecting a parcel from H&M anyway so decided to have a look.
“Sure enough, there was my parcel – which I had already had an email for, saying that it had been delivered, along with a close-up photo of the parcel so you couldn’t see where it was.
“I contacted the police but by the time we got up there with them, the parcels had all gone.
“They did their best, but with no evidence, there wasn’t much the police could investigate unfortunately.”
A spokeswoman for Hermes today said: “We can confirm that this courier has had his contract with us terminated with immediate effect as a result of this incident.
“We are continuing to investigate and apologise to anyone who has been inconvenienced by his actions.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.