When questioned about the incident, the white customer reportedly then told the officers that the pair ““look like they would’ve [broken] into my house while my wife [was] there”.
Antonio initially posted the video on social when the encounter happened, but then re-uploaded the footage on Wednesday, stating that FedEx had fired both him and his partner and told him to take the clip down.
“FedEx called and told me to take down this video and fired both of us today,” he wrote. “I’m reposting this video because people like him, doesn’t matter white or any race, should never disrespect essential workers putting their lives in jeopardy especially with this Covid-19”.
#BoycottFedEx began trending after Antonio’s update, with social media users urging others not to use the service after learning of the pair’s treatment.
.@FedEx should be doing everything it can to protect its workers from this sort of racist harassment. Workers are l… https://t.co/XZZqnnZk8j
Although FedEx initially confirmed that the men had been fired by an independent service provider, FedEx Ground, the company later retracted their statement and said that Antonio and Felinzay had been rehired.
We are aware of the incident in GA that led to the release of two drivers employed by a service provider. We're offering employment while investigating to ensure an appropriate outcome. We take seriously allegations of discrimination, retaliation, or improper employment actions.
In the meantime, a GoFundMe has been started to cover income lost by the workers, with the current total raised standing at $48,965.