The heated confrontation was captured on a Ring camera -- and Amazon terminated the man for "bullying."
An Amazon program manager in North Carolina has been sacked after a viral video showed him berating one of the company's own drivers.
The manager, later identified as Brad Boynton, drew heavy ire online when the Ring cam footage of their confrontation was posted online by driver Nikolas Mayrant's sister. It's unclear how she got ahold of the footage. While she claimed in her caption on the post that Boynton called her brother the N-word, Amazon told TooFab that wasn't the case -- but they still fired Boynton over the incident anyway.
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"We were deeply concerned by what we observed in the video and opened an investigation into the incident," Amazon spokesperson Kelly Nantel told TooFab.
"After speaking with both parties and working quickly to understand exactly what transpired, we determined that despite social media posts to the contrary, neither party engaged in racial slurs," Nantel continued.
"'Nader' was the word said by the Amazon manager in the video, and it's the name of an individual he was speaking with on the phone at the time of the incident," Amazon concluded. "That said, we do not condone bullying or harassing behavior of any type and as a result of our investigation, we've terminated the individual shown bullying our delivery partner."
The video itself shows Boynton, with his back to the camera, holding the phone to his ear as he yells at the deliveryman standing in his front yard. "I told you seven times to walk the f--k away," he tells the driver, who then does just that ... but not in a fashion the homeowner appreciates.
"Dude — on the grass too? Seriously? Do you not know any of the f--king policies?" Boynton shouts after him. "Look at the grass!" Mayrant shouts back, "It looks like everyone walks on the f--king grass!"
It's there Boynton started saying what Amazon says is "Nader" into his phone.
While Amazon is adamant no racial slurs were thrown, that didn't stop other news outlets and even civil rights attorney Ben Crump for calling out Amazon over the incident on social media.
This is unacceptable! A Black Amazon driver was FIRED from his job after a neighborhood resident called him racial slurs & harassed him while taking photos of him. Why was this young man terminated when he was the victim of this shameful harassment?!