This is the shocking moment a delivery driver throws a box filled with china antiques down a flight of steps.
The Yodel courier was caught on camera hurling two boxes containing fragile porcelain and china ornaments down the steps outside a home in Bradford, West Yorkshire.
The boxes, which contained £450 worth of antiques, were thrown 15ft down the steps. The delivery driver was filmed on CCTV hurling the boxes.
He grabbed them from a van then tossed them down the steps.
However, the driver was caught in the act by the goods’ buyer, Patrick Duffy, who walks over to him. The driver then starts stacking the rest of the boxes on top of one another before carrying them down the steps.
The driver’s employer, Yodel, has apologised to Mr Duffy and says it has taken “appropriate action”.
Mr Duffy, 68, said: “I’d spent about £450 on antiques from eBay.
“It was absolutely disgusting. I watched as he took the boxes out of the back and threw them down the flight of 12 stairs without any care.
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“They were china and porcelain ornaments and they are very fragile.
“I’m a live-in caretaker for a block of flats and was working on a garden nearby when I saw the van pull up and the man start throwing the packages.
“I shouted at him and ran over to check the boxes at the bottom of the steps. I was worried that the antiques I’d bought were going to be all smashed.
“I got the impression he knew straight away what he’d done when I shouted him to stop. The only reason he stopped throwing them was because he saw me.
“He just said, ‘Open them and if there’s any damage I’ll take them back.’ I refused to let him take anything back and instead contacted Yodel myself.”
One of the items, an antique coal shuttle, was shattered across the top.
Mr Duffy fears some of the more expensive, irreplaceable items he orders could be damaged in the future.
He said: “A friend of mine has opened an antique shop and I’d decided to rent a cabinet from him to make some money.
“One thing was damaged but fortunately it wasn’t one of the more expensive items I’d bought, it could have been worse.
“The driver admitted he knew he shouldn’t have been doing it and it could have caused much more damage. Yodel called to apologise and say that he would not be working for them again.”
A Yodel spokesperson said: “We have contacted Mr Duffy to apologise and offered a gift voucher as a gesture of goodwill.
“The safe delivery of parcels is our absolute priority and we are disappointed to see this driver breaking our strict protocols.
“This behaviour clearly does not meet the high standards we expect from our colleagues and appropriate action has been taken.”