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.
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?
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.