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Birmingham parcel deliverer accused of refusing to wear mask in Aberystwyth Waterstones

28 Jul 2021 2 minutes Read
Waterstones in Aberystwyth. Pic by Eliot Collins/Google Maps

A Birmingham parcel deliverer has been accused of refusing to wear a mask in Waterstones in Aberystwyth.

The DPDgroup employee was reportedly asked 3 times to wear a face covering in the bookstore while delivering items, to which he is said to have responded: “We’re from Birmingham, we don’t need them there”.

The reports have sparked anger on social media, and the international parcel delivery service has been asked to explain to its staff what the law is in Wales.

Face coverings are still mandatory in shops in Wales, which has not followed England in scrapping the public health measure.

In response to complaints DPDgroup says the matter has been “reported” to its team, who are “looking into it”.

Timothy Boyle said: “I was in Waterstones/Aberystwyth today when a DPD van arrived. The lady in the shop asked the DPD man 3 times to put on a mask.

“He answered ‘Don’t have one’, then ‘We’re from Birmingham, we don’t need them there’.

“I said ‘We’re not in Birmingham now’, to which he replied ‘It’s our first time here, how are we supposed to know’”.

“@DPD_news please impress on your staff that they should take time to familiarise themselves with the law when delivering outside England.”

DPDgroup responded, saying: “Hello and thank you for reaching out to us. We are sorry to see that and we have reported this issue to our team who is looking into it. Kind regards”.

‘Served him right’ 

Arthur F Jones said: “Waterstones sell nice patterned masks. They could have insisted he buy one…two even, just in case……that would have served him right!”

Mike Bryant said: “She was quite right, but I still keep seeing maskless people in stores around Cardiff.”

Christine Cairns said: “Complete lack of respect. Very arrogant actually.”

Matt Griffiths said: “I wonder if he would insist on paying for a prescription if he had to collect one from a Welsh pharmacist”.

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Bruce
Bruce
1 month ago

What do you expect after all the crap from Bojo the Clown?

Mark
Mark
1 month ago

Sounds like a typical arrogant Brit Nat.

Nick
Nick
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark

Since Brexit I suspect DPD (like most delivery firms) are struggling to recruit and retain personnel so before we assume that the delivery driver concerned was an odious white British Nationalist let us consider that he/she may well have been a British Asian from Wolverhampton who had never been to Wales before, was unaware of the different rules and was just trying to do his low pay, high stress job against the clock, this would fit with the reported conversation too.

Mark
Mark
1 month ago
Reply to  Nick

He can obviously read the address on the parcel and has the ability to follow satnav, so there’s no excuse for his reported comment of not realising he was in Wales, I didn’t know that being a brit nat was restricted to whites only.

Mike Broom
Mike Broom
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark

It’s not a case of him not knowing that he was in Wales but that the rules were different there….

boda wennol
boda wennol
1 month ago

Try some of the supermarkets in Monmouthshire! Management don’t seem to want to know.
And not every A road into Wales has the information that Wales is still Covid secure. No excuse for that at all.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
1 month ago

It just proves that the media in England must stress there are different laws in different countries of the UK – not everywhere is England and English laws ! However, of course that is precisely what many people across the border believe. There should be heavy penalties – that will very quickly make people and companies remember !

Nick
Nick
1 month ago
Reply to  Steve Duggan

Signs along the border on every A and B road.

Mike Broom
Mike Broom
1 month ago
Reply to  Nick

Doesn’t mean anything though with the ever changing rules…

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