Delivery incidents

To put this in context here’s a little bit about where I live. I’m in a house on a main road but there’s only a few houses on my part of the block and then it turns into a couple of houses with nice secluded driveways and that’s all there is on my side of the street, about 6 house in total. One of my neighbours is a single guy and another is an old couple, I have no idea who lives in the other houses despite being here for over six months now.

Its that time of the year were there is an increase in deliveries due to Christmas, it’s to be expected with the seeming rise of shopping online rather than having to trudge through the shops and spend more than what things actually costs online.

What there also is an increase of is delivery drivers hammering on my door to accept parcels for other people.

In a word, NO!

I don’t expect people to be mind readers, I don’t expect them to know that when they hammer on my door it makes me jump, which gives me heart palpitations. I don’t expect them to know that the idea of opening the door to someone who has banged on it aggresively makes me panic. I also don’t expect them to know that after closing the door I get overhpwhelmed and emotional and that it messes up at least the next few hours while I try not to meltdown and have to shut myself off from everything.

What I do expect is to be spoken to like a human being and for the delivery people to be respectful.

The last couple of weeks my door being hammered on has happened a few times, 90% of the time it has been DPD and this latest incident also was. Because this is increasing I spoke to the male delivery driver and said could you not hammer on my door for something that isn’t mine as I’m quite ill and would appreciate it. The answer? Some unrecognisable tirade aimed at me quite angrily. My response? I slammed the door closed and locked it.

These instances are bad enough but for a grown man to then angrily have a go at a (quite short) woman is very rude and unprofessional. I worked in retail for 17 years, I know how stressful it can be to work at this time of year but it is never acceptable to take that stress out on someone else. I never raised my voice with him and didn’t do anything for him to respond the way he did.

I have written an email to one of the higher ups in DPD to explain the situation but I don’t hold out much hope.

So the day I was meant to be being productive will now be spent in a duvet fort with many a cup of tea, sad films and snacks.


Author: AdultsWithAustism

I decided I wanted to do something positive with my life and speak out about what it feels like to be an adult with autism.

3 thoughts on “Delivery incidents”

    1. I’ve done that before and ended up having children banging on my door when they would see it. Luckily DPD contacted me to apologise and asked for my address so that they won’t deliver anything to me for other people.

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