Hermes delivery driver sacked after being filmed urinating on family home
A Hermes delivery driver has been sacked after being caught unzipping his pants and urinating on a family home.
Dan Cecchini said he felt 'violated' after catching the driver in the act in December last year.
His complaint to the delivery giant prompted the company to fire their worker.
Dan was in the bath on December 17 when his security system alerted him on his phone to movement outside his St Leonards-on-Sea home.
The shocking CCTV footage showed a Hermes courier walking down steps into Dan's property, where he appears to unzip his trousers and relieve himself in a corner.
The 43-year-old dad-of-two then opens the window to challenge the delivery driver – only for him to act innocent and claim he was looking for his neighbour.
Hermes got in touch with the audio engineer on December 19 and apologised 'for the courier peeing on your property', adding that that kind of behaviour 'is not tolerated'.
But after Dan asked the courier company when the pee was going to be cleaned up, the delivery giant simply 'fobbed him off' and told him that the 'query [had been] resolved'.
After his dog got wet paws in the pee, disgusted Dan has now made the area 'off limits' to his children.
To add insult to injury, Dan uses the spot as a delivery safe space and two more parcels were dropped off in the same spot days later, which he claims were left smelling of urine.
After Hermes were contacted for comment, the delivery giant confirmed that the driver would no longer be working for them and that they would clean up the urine.
Dan said: "You can see him go open the zip. It's clear, he's not putting a parcel there. It's obvious. You could smell it afterwards.
"Someone on Facebook said 'oh look, it looks like he's peeing into a drain' but there's no drain there. There's a pipe, but there's no drain'.
"I just felt a bit violated, really. You've caught someone peeing on your [property] and you've got evidence.
"I got a notification on my phone there was movement in one of the alleys [on my property]. And I had my phone in the bath so I could see there was a driver walking down the steps.
"I was like 'okay they normally put the packages there'. That was what was pretty rank about it all.
"I couldn't quite see what he'd actually done until I looked at the video afterwards. So I just thought he was being suspicious – I couldn't quite work out what was going on.
"He ended up doing a pee where all our Christmas packages get left – it's our safe spot with other couriers.
"So that's why I was like [to Hermes] 'you need to come and clean this up' because consequently other packages came and got delivered there, which is a bit grim.
"He could have knocked on the door and said he was desperate for the loo and I would have just said cool, here's the loo.
"I just thought the fact that he blagged me when he was saying 'oh I'm just looking for something'. Maybe we would have done the same thing – you just panic, I don't know.
"It still hasn't been cleaned up. We put some cardboard down but it's pretty grim in that it's rained and it's spread all the pee onto our decking.
"He scarpered off pretty quickly and that's annoying. We've all been out and about and need to pee, I get it. But the fact that Hermes has shut us down – it's a simple thing to sort out.
"The next day I went out to have a look if I could choose another safe space to get Amazon to not leave stuff down there after the two ASOS parcels arrived.
"It's just annoying, I should have maybe thought about it a bit more, but that's pretty infuriating that we're having to put stuff in the shower to wipe this dude's wee off it.
"When I turned around Peanut our dog was in there sniffing and his feet were wet. Peanut got this dude's pee on his wet paws so we just dumped him in the bath."
Once the courier had left, Dan said he spent about two and a half hours trying to get hold of Hermes.
A Hermes spokesperson said: "We successfully deliver 390 million parcels each year and our 20,000 couriers are clear on the standards we expect.
"This is clearly unacceptable behaviour and following an investigation this courier no longer delivers on our behalf.
"We have spoken to Mr Cecchini to apologise once again and are sending round someone to clean the area. We have also offered him a goodwill payment."
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