UPS Worker Charged With Stealing Cell Phones From Plant

ups stolen cell phonesIt's not an easy time to be in the mail delivery business. The woes of the U.S. Postal Service have been well and widely documented, but the sector as a whole has been battered like few other by the digital age. With the need of its primary service -- the delivery of mail -- being rendered obsolete by e-mail, one aspect it can still stake a claim to is the sending of larger objects.

Objects such as cell phones. There's no means on the horizon to make such a package fly through the Internet. And so for the foreseeable future, agencies and companies like the United Parcel Service (UPS) still have both a market and their customers' trust they will send the packages to your front doorstep. Until one of your workers starts stealing orders off the assembly line, which is exactly what happened in UPS's Louisville hub from May 1 to Aug 12.

As Kentucky news outlet WDRB reports, 20-year old Jamir Kirby has been arrested on the charge of stealing $8,149.25 worth of cell phone merchandise from the local UPS plant at which he was an employee. Kirby was brought in this week by Louisville police after a joint investigation conducted by UPS and Sprint Wireless uncovered a pattern among a batch of missing cell phones -- they all passed through Kirby's hands.

While few might consider the job of handling packages glamorous work, the truth is that Kirby was lucky to have the job at all. As The Washington Post reported on August 11, the USPS is considering a plan to cut its workforce by 20 percent, which would mean the sacking of some 120,000 positions. The agency is also mulling cutting health benefits for its retired workers. The moves are being proposed as the agency stares bankruptcy in the eye.

For its part, and in spite of Kirby, UPS is still some ways off from a complete existential crisis of the USPS-variety. And as Dan Radovsky reports on AOL's Daily Finance, UPS and FedEx should only stand to gain from the USPS's troubles. As proof of a bullish environment for UPS, Radovsky points out that the company's 2Q gains were up 26% from the same quarter last year.

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n2uog

Way say it was a "Mail Worker Fired" making it look like the thief worked for the United Postel Service when it was a UPS employee. (Two Different Companys) Please get your information strait before you start accusing people.

August 16 2011 at 5:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
robosnoop

Despite the "errors" the subject boils down to stealing! Stealing from an employer, stealing from me and stealing from you. We all hate politicians because we believe they are "less" than honest. People think that looting is a disgrace but, when it comes to "Employee Theft", there is always a gray area. The really sad thing is that the vast majority of employees are honest hard working people, many of whom are not doing well, financally. But, they don't steal!

August 16 2011 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
regalcapt

AOL writers SUCK

August 16 2011 at 4:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
pamela

ups is not in any way affiliated with the usps hmmm..........

August 16 2011 at 4:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kimpalanes

really, they go from UPS to USPS, what are they talking about?

August 16 2011 at 3:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hutch169

wa it UPS OR USPS make up your mind ahole

August 16 2011 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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