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Inconsiderate TNT driver

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SpongeBobMegaPants Mon 04-Dec-17 19:19:52

I drove down the road to my house where I could see that a TNT delivery driver had blocked the entrance to my driveway. In my car was our 13 day old daughter and I indicated to the TNT driver that I needed to park in my drive so that I could take out my newly born daughter. This was before he had unloaded the goods from his lorry. All he had to do was drive 3 feet forward to allow access. Had it not been for my daughter being in the car I would have waited.

The thing that shocked me was his response. "You'd better hope that she doesn't cry."

I was forced to take out my daughter from my car which was parked in the middle of the road and walk her into the house. The delivery driver then wanted me to reverse so that he could deliver something at another place around the corner. I refused. Rang TNT Customer Services who initially were helpful and apologetic. All I asked them was for the driver to come back and apologise but it seems he didn't have the cahonas to do so.

Am utterly disgusted by this and I don't intend to use TNT to deliver parcels for me.

Customer Services wanted the drivers line manager to give me a call and apologise but I mentioned that this was not good enough.

If the driver had only apologised and mentioned that it would have taken 5 minutes then I wouldn't have minded but it was his response that infuriated me.

What else can I do to make TNT realise that this is not to be taken lightly?

SoupDragon Mon 04-Dec-17 19:28:20

I think you are massively over reacting.

SpongeBobMegaPants Mon 04-Dec-17 19:35:25

In what way? He blocked the entrance to my drive but would have been able to drive forward to let me park in my own drive but clearly didn't want to.

greathat Mon 04-Dec-17 19:37:06

Yes he was a twat. Try not to dwell on it though. Any apology won't be sincere and you continue to be negatively impacted by it for as long as you dwell on it

rachelracket Mon 04-Dec-17 19:38:03

first baby?

SoupDragon Mon 04-Dec-17 19:41:59

In what way?

By expecting TNT to make him come back and apologise and telling them that an apology from his line manager wasn't enough.

You were briefly inconvenienced. It's worth a tut and a whinge and nothing more IMO.

SoupDragon Mon 04-Dec-17 19:44:28

He briefly blocked your drive whilst working to a ridiculously tight schedule if the documentaries are anything to go by. He didn't stop there having a picnic.

What did you do with your DD when you went to move your car from where it was blocking the road?

SoupDragon Mon 04-Dec-17 19:46:02

Having a small baby is tough, I remember. I think all the stuff that goes with having a small baby has made this bigger than it really was. Lord knows I can look back at some of the things I did when my eldest was a newborn and smile wryly at myself.

Forget about it and enjoy your baby.

SpongeBobMegaPants Mon 04-Dec-17 20:28:11

I see your points and thanks for the well wishes but the driver's comment was uncalled for.

I too have deadlines to meet at work but if I know I have inconvenienced someone I would try to do something so as not to get in their way.

rachelracket Mon 04-Dec-17 22:03:03

I mean why on earth would you leave your car in the middle of the road to take your baby inside. You just wait. What if it was a momentary traffic jam caused by a delivery van 2 miles from your house? You'd just wait, wouldn't you.Huffing off out of your car just makes a problem for yourself in that you will have to go and move your car and therefore either load your baby unnecessarily or leave the baby in the house. Ridiculous.

SpongeBobMegaPants Mon 04-Dec-17 22:26:53

The delivery van was parked in the middle of the road blocking the entrance to my drive. There was no way traffic from the opposite side could pass. The street I live in is not busy. I therefore parked behind the delivery van. So before you "why on Earth me", think about why I would park in the middle of the road. The only thing ridiculous here is your comment.

MrsMoastyToasty Mon 04-Dec-17 22:29:56

It's not illegal to block the access into your driveway but it is illegal to block your way out of it.

SpongeBobMegaPants Mon 04-Dec-17 22:37:02

True but I never mentioned it being illegal to block my drive. Inconsiderate is the heading of this post. Any person with common sense would have done the right thing if they knew there was a newborn in the car and the parent needed to park in their drive for the very reason that they did not want to expose their baby in the cold air as long as possible.

The vehicle had only been driven a short distance so not enough time for the heater to have warmed up.

SoupDragon Mon 04-Dec-17 23:07:35

think about why I would park in the middle of the road

I've no idea. I would have parked properly, not made the problem worse.
Nothing is going to happen to a baby during a short walk in cold weather. Unless you hadn't dressed them properly or put blanket on them.

SoupDragon Mon 04-Dec-17 23:10:44

Clearly you aren't interested in any opinions that differ from your own though so I'm out.

grobagsforever Mon 04-Dec-17 23:13:23

'Expose their baby to the cold air' - @SpongeBobMegaPants - you are aware that your baby is a human designed to live in caves? Fresh air is good for babies!! You need to chill out or you'll be one of those mums at playgroup disinfecting grapes.,,

Poor TNT driver was probably on NMW, zero hours contract and you've basically done your best to ensure he is fired.

SpongeBobMegaPants Tue 05-Dec-17 02:24:45

Clearly not(!)

SpongeBobMegaPants Tue 05-Dec-17 02:32:46

I'm doing my best to ensure that TNT drivers don't act like the one I encountered yesterday. I gave him the opportunity to apologise in person, he clearly didn't have the balls to come down and do it. So, rightfully, I will take this further.

He'd better hope he doesn't get fired then like I was hoping my daughter would not cry.

rachelracket Tue 05-Dec-17 07:32:45

Definitely first baby grin

grobagsforever Tue 05-Dec-17 08:18:35

@SpongeBobMegaPants - are you actually comparing a man losing his job to your baby crying?

You really need to let this drop. Please calm down and consider how incredibly unreasonable you are being. For all you know the driver was having an incredible bad day, maybe he'd had bad news or similar. Also speak to your HV about your over protective attitude towards your baby. Fear of fresh air is not normal.

Abouttoblow Tue 05-Dec-17 08:28:23

All you had to do was wait in the car with the baby till he moved. Inconvenient, yes. End of the world, no.

Chopchopbusybusy Tue 05-Dec-17 08:36:31

I would have been irritated by this driver - even without a newborn in the car.
However, you are massively over reacting. Do you really think it’s reasonable to want the driver sacked for this?

Fabellini Tue 05-Dec-17 08:52:01

Seriously? You want him sacked? Because you were mildly inconvenienced for a few minutes?
OP you are overreacting hugely.

SpongeBobMegaPants Tue 05-Dec-17 08:53:07

Why will be be sacked? It will probably be a disciplinary. I think you should stop overreacting.

Chopchopbusybusy Tue 05-Dec-17 10:56:26

You said in your post at 02.32 that he’d better hope he doesnt get fired.
You’re beginning to sound a bit hysterical to be honest. I do think you should let it go or you’ll make yourself ill. Do you find yourself worrying about other insignificant things?

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