Careless Chinese Baggage Handler Really Throws Himself Into His Work

This guy should probably look into a new line of work.

A viral video making the rounds this week shows an air-freight handler at Guangzhou Airport in China loading up a cargo plane in the most careless way possible. Over the course of the four-minute video, the handler tosses parcels in the general direction of a conveyor belt, with only about half of the boxes reaching their intended target and the rest tumbling to the tarmac.

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The video was first posted by Australian YouTube user Mark Bridgman a year ago, but it's gone viral this week.

It's not entirely clear what's happening here. This isn't a simple case of an overworked employee rushing to finish his work as quickly as possible -- if anything, his careless approach is going to make things take even longer, as he has to retrieve all the packages that fall onto the tarmac. Has he always been this bad at his job, or has the drudgery gotten to him? Is he just having a bad day? Is he drunk?

Regardless, it's a good reminder that your packages aren't always treated with the best of care. While this is an extreme example, the man filming notes at one point that he previously saw fragile sewing machines being treated with a similar level of disregard.

And it's not just China: You might recall a viral video of a FedEx deliveryman carelessly tossing a computer monitor over a fence, as well as the one showing Walmart employees gleefully throwing around iPads. And an experiment by Popular Mechanics found that packages actually took more abuse from shippers when they were marked "fragile."

So the next time you're sending someone a package, take the advice that Bridgman includes with the video: "Pack it well, because it won't be treated well."

Matt Brownell is the consumer and retail reporter for DailyFinance. You can reach him at Matt.Brownell@teamaol.com, and follow him on Twitter at @Brownellorama.

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Paul

Hell it's not just in China,we have receved packages by UPS and Fed Ex comming from just a couple states away that have looked like a truck had run them over,backed up and hit them again

June 19 2013 at 10:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
grapost

He works part time at the airport to get money to go to medical school to become a doctor so he can deliver babies like that.

June 19 2013 at 9:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
grapost

He was a previous Walmart employee and it shows. Low everyday wages!

June 19 2013 at 9:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
idraconis

You should see him drive.

June 19 2013 at 8:51 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ncaok

Baggage handler in Detriot threw my surfboard,didn t care for that Delta.

June 19 2013 at 7:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mrk0729

Based on the condition of packages we receive at my work, he is in training to work for UPS

June 19 2013 at 6:21 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
viawire

the guy was pist off at something. perhaps he needed to smoke something to calm him down.

June 19 2013 at 4:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
atuu

Poor guy probably has heat stroke in that sun.

June 19 2013 at 2:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
soupermom2

Problem is that people do not show respect anymore.

June 19 2013 at 1:30 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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tian

...excuse me supermom, My students are "people" and they show a tremendous amount of respect for all of the other teachers and their fellow students. Mam, excuse me. You need to look around and see what is going on with "people"". Make it a good day mam.

June 19 2013 at 2:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kng20

Either this guy was real pissed about something or just don't care - either way he should be disiplined for this.

June 19 2013 at 5:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gmgpjandon

Must have spent his internship in NYC.

June 19 2013 at 1:08 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply