Fact Check : Lazada Delivery Man Caught Licking Package?

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Photos of a Lazada delivery man licking and spitting on a package is going viral, with warnings to sanitise packages you receive from Lazada and other delivery services.

Find out what happened, and decide for yourself if he really did lick that package!

 

Claim : Lazada Delivery Guy Caught Licking Package!

This Facebook post, and similar variants, are going viral on social media and WhatsApp, showing what appears to be a Lazada delivery man licking and spitting on a package.

Please sanitize your Lazada packages today! This is what we saw from our CCTV.

Let’s continue to be vigilant. This CCTV footage was taken at the house of our friend in AAV only today.

They often have Lazada and Shopee deliveries so they already setup a drop off / sanitation table in their garage.

The CCTV footage shows 2 Lazada delivery guys with masks on their chin and one of them rubbed his face on the package then spat on it.

PLEASE PLEASE be careful with your deliveries. Sanitize and sanitize again!

There are evil people!

Fact Check : Lazada Delivery Guy Licking Package?

 

Lazada Delivery Guy Caught Licking Package : The Facts

This Facebook post appears to be genuine, but is being disputed by the Lazada delivery man caught in the images above.

Here is what we know so far…

Fact #1 : The Incident Happened On 3 December 2020

In social media, the posts are often shared stating that “it happened today”, or “this just happened”, or left unsaid.

The original post appears to have been removed, but based on our investigations, the incident happened at around 5:30 PM on 3 December 2020.

Fact #2 : The Incident Happened In Manila

You may have seen people claiming that this happened “locally”, but that lacks context.

The incident did not happen in Singapore or Malaysia or even Thailand.

It happened outside a home in Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila in the Philippines.

Fact #3 : The Lazada Delivery Man Disputed The Claim

The Lazada delivery man, Justine Rainer Israel of Pasay City, publicly disputed the claim.

In a Facebook post (now removed), he accused the OP (Original Poster) of discrimination, saying that rich people like them look down on poor people like him.

Fact Check : Lazada Delivery Guy Licking Package?

Here is the rough English translation, please correct us if we are wrong :

I am the one in the picture. Yes, I stuck my face on it but I did not lick or spit on your item or parcel.

You are rich, we are poor like that. You will do it, you will see something wrong.

I waited for more than 20 to 30 minutes at your gate in Ayala Alabang in the middle of the heat.

I sat down because it was tiring to wait for you rich people to collect your item, but why are you so judgemental?

I AM NOT CRAZY TO DO THAT. YES, I WORK TO EARN A LIVING. SUFFERING IN THE HEAT EVEN WHEN HUNGRY, JUST TO DELIVER THE ITEM YOU NEED, RIGHT?

JUST BECAUSE WE HAVE NO MONEY. YOU ARE RICH. THAT”S WHAT YOU DO TO THOSE OF US WHO WORK FOR A LIVING.

I used your item to cover my face to protect from the heat because you took so long to come out. God bless to all of you wherever you are. I hope you will be happy forever!

Fact #4 : Netizens Dispute His Claim

While some netizens commiserated with the Lazada delivery man, other netizens pointed out that :

  • it was wrong to remove the face mask and place the package against his face and mouth
  • the Lazada delivery team was only there for less than 6 minutes
  • he was seen in the CCTV footage swinging the package and hitting it against his leg

Fact Check : Lazada Delivery Guy Licking Package?

 

Lazada Delivery Guy Licking Package : Should You Be Worried?

Should you be worried if your local Lazada delivery guy, or any other delivery guy for the matter, licks your packages, or spits on them?

Other than the fact that it is highly unsanitary, the risk of catching COVID-19 from packages is practically nil, although it has been considered a possible mode of transmission.

So far, there has been no record of anyone getting infected by COVID-19 through fomites – contaminated objects like that package.

That said, it is a good idea to wipe down any parcel or package you receive. But more importantly, you should always maintain good hand hygiene by washing your hands with soap, or using a hand sanitiser.

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