A Manchester courier has pleaded with shoppers to stop ordering 'clothes and tat' online during the coronavirus crisis – claiming she currently has more non-essential parcels to deliver than ever.
The self-employed delivery driver, 40, shared an image of a pile of 120 packages she was required to take to a single housing estate in Prestwich last Friday.
Packaging of online clothing retailers like ASOS, Next, Zara and Pretty Little Thing was clearly visible in the photos.
She claims this is far more parcels than she was delivering on a standard day before the Covid-19 lockdown and has slammed people using their time at home to go on web spending sprees.
The Mancunian, who has been granted key worker status due to her role, said: “Please stop ordering non-essential tat.
"While you keep ordering online, workers in warehouses are risking their lives having to keep picking and packing it, and us couriers have to keep putting ourselves at risk collecting from crowded depots to deliver it.
"We understand we are key workers, and we are happy to do our job and risk our lives and the lives of others to deliver essential key items for people to survive during the lockdown.
"I’ve delivered Superdrug packages which I’m sure are full of handwash, and educational items from places like The Works – all that is totally fair enough.
"But when people are ordering clothes online, that is madness. I don’t understand where they’re going in this stuff anyway at the moment?
"120 parcels in a day is much higher than the average number I was delivering pre-coronavirus.
"The worst thing is, I have to go back to the same homes three days later to pick up the items when people decide they want to return them anyway.
"Shoppers are not thinking about the impact they are having.”
Some of the other brands visible on parcels the woman has delivered since the lockdown began include Boohoo, Lakeland, Mango, H&M, Matalan and Sports Direct.
While she says she does not blame her employer for providing the deliveries they are contracted to carry out, she has urged members of the public to think about how necessary their shopping really is.
The courier added: “The couriers are getting more and more scared.
“We want to remain in employment and do our bit to help, but we don’t want to risk ourselves unnecessarily.
“We get paid per parcel, but at the moment I would rather come in and find 10 parcels which are clearly all essential, than 120 which aren’t.
“If you continue to buy things you don’t need, you are forcing people to risk their lives in packed warehouses packing the items too.
“The high street shops have shut, so why are online clothes retailers still able to sell?
“If it was a small business struggling to survive, I could understand more but these are big multi-million pound companies. It just seems crazy.”
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