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An Amazon driver went viral on TikTok after delivering a package during a police standoff with an armed suspect

Amazon Delivery DriverA video of an Amazon driver delivering a package to police officers went viral on TikTok.

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  • A video of an Amazon driver delivering a package during a police standoff went viral on TikTok. 
  • The video shows the driver calmly strolling past several police cars and handing the package to an officer.
  • Amazon drivers have notoriously high delivery quotas, and the company has faced scrutiny for working conditions.

A video of an Amazon driver delivering a package during an active police standoff has gone viral on TikTok, with viewers commending the driver’s commitment to his job. 

A TikTok video with over six million views and 1.2 million likes, shows an Amazon driver nonchalantly walking towards a house in Cary, California, where several police cars are stationed, whilst officers look on in bewilderment. 

As he approaches the house, an officer stops him to take the package. The driver can then be seen taking a picture of the house as proof that the parcel has been delivered, per Amazon’s policies

The person filming the video can be heard laughing and saying “Amazon hard at work in the middle of a standoff,” and captioned the video: “When you’re about your business… nothing will get in your way.”

Viewers were both awed and horrified by the driver’s dedication to getting the package delivered with one user commenting: “More scared of Jeff Bezos than getting taken out.”

Another joked that Amazon’s slogan is “rain, sleet, snow or standoff.”  

One commenter added insight saying: “I used to work as an Amazon delivery driver. If you didn’t deliver all your packages you’d get in trouble.”

The delivery took place as SWAT officers engaged in a 24-hour standoff with an armed suspect, the New York Post reported. 

The armed man had barricaded himself inside an apartment with his 11-year-old son, in an apparent hostage situation, according to ABC 11

The situation ended with the suspect dying by suicide. The boy sustained a gunshot wound but survived, and had some “minor” injuries on the arm and neck. Both of their identities have not been released. 

“I wanted to express my condolences to the family of the individual who was in crisis today,” Cary police chief Terry Sult said. “Unfortunately, he took his own life.” 

He added: “It’s easy to focus on the loss today, but we should focus on the 11-year-old, and just be grateful that he is still with us and can return to his family.”

Working conditions for Amazon delivery drivers have come under intense scrutiny in recent years over claims they are given unrealistically high quotas for deliveries.

Nine drivers for Amazon previously told Insider in 2018 that they frequently speed, ignore stop signs and skip meals to complete deliveries within the set nine-hour timeframe. 

The drivers also told Insider that workers often didn’t even have time to go to the bathroom, and resorted to peeing in bottles, bags, or even outside to save time on the road.

“We always prioritize the safety of the drivers delivering our packages and we regularly communicate with them that if they don’t feel safe, they shouldn’t deliver the package and instead reach out for immediate support,” an Amazon spokesperson told Insider.

“We’ve spoken with the driver involved to remind him his safety comes first and about the support available in situations like this.”

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