Wild news story out of Sweden this week as a delivery driver has been forced to apologise after he left a 10kg Hello Fresh box on top of a baby sleeping in its pram.
The baby’s mother posted online and said her child had been left in a pushchair outside the front door (apparently a thing they do in Nordic countries to develop their babies’ immune systems), and later went out to find her food package on top of her sleeping baby.
The mum said the large cardboard box full of food had almost ‘crushed’ her baby. She wrote on Instagram:
‘Congratulations…You crushed a sleeping baby in its pram with a 10kg parcel, and have no shame. Thank God the baby is OK! Never again!’
Camilla Gervide, a blogger who shared the case on her website Bloggbevakning (Blog Report), said that the woman had called the logistics firm responsible, Gordon Delivery, and was initially offered 250 Swedish kronor (£20) in compensation.
The spokesman for the company said its courier was shocked when he was informed of the mistake:
‘When no one opened up, the driver wanted to leave the parcel on the doorstep, but he thought the surface was too damp.
So he thought the pram would be more practical. He didn’t see the baby. The mother called us immediately and we made contact with the driver right away.
He was very sorry about the whole thing. He drove back to the customer and apologised with flowers and pralines. He also wanted to know how the child was doing.’
In a subsequent Instagram post the mum wrote that the courier had been ‘almost in tears’ when he knocked on her door to apologise. She was also given two free deliveries to make up for the incident. Result!
I’m not sure what’s crazier to be honest – the delivery driver saying he didn’t see the baby in its pram before leaving a 10kg package on it or the fact the Swedes leave babies unattended outside the front door in the first place. I get that Nordic countries have a low crime rate compared with the rest of the world, but still. It just seems a tad bit unsafe and irresponsible, especially now that we know they’re at risk of being crushed by Hello Fresh boxes too.
P.S. Going to give this mum the benefit of the doubt and assume she removed the baby from the pram before taking the time to snap a photo of the delivery man’s blunder? Let’s hope so.
For the Deliveroo driver who was sacked after mocking a woman while delivering her thrush cream, click HERE. Poor form.