While working from one’s home does have its perks — the cheap commute, lax dress code, no jerk humming with his headphones on in the next cubicle — one Consumerist reader has fallen into the trap of being the go-to place for her local FedEx driver to turn when her neighbors aren’t home to accept packages.
“It started a couple months back,” K. tells Consumerist. “I was signing for a package of mine and the FedEx driver asked me if I could also sign for my a parcel for my next door neighbor. Since he’s a good friend, I said ‘sure, not a problem.'”
But since then, K. says that every time someone on her block has a delivery that can’t be left on their doorstep, the driver comes knocking on her door.
“Like once a week, there’s a really loud banging at the door,” she writes. “I can’t NOT answer it, because I don’t always know when I might be receiving some work-related material. But it’s really starting to grate on me that he comes knocking even when there is nothing for me. My living room is not a FedEx depot.”
K. says she has been able to politely decline some packages either because they were too large or because she claimed to not be familiar with the intended recipient. But she also feels like the FedEx driver might have crossed a line the other day.
“I tried to tell him that I was about to head out for the night and wasn’t comfortable signing for a package that could be important for that neighbor (someone I’ve only met once or twice),” says K. “But the driver started to get real snippy. He asked, ‘Well, are you going to be home by tomorrow? They can get it then.’ I politely tried to explain that I wasn’t comfortable signing for this package and he turned around before I even got a couple words out, storming back to his truck and angrily hurling the box into the back.”
“I know it’s a tough job,” she says. “But just because I work from home, does that give him any right to make me his unpaid drop box?”