Australia Post driver slammed for 'unacceptable' parking act

Australia Post has since taken swift action.

A Queensland Australia Post worker has been slammed for his parking at a shopping centre car park, prompting the organisation to take swift action.

An outraged Karalee local noticed the Australia Post van parked in a disability spot at around 12pm on Tuesday, saying the contractor's "unacceptable" act led to an elderly woman losing the much-needed spot.

"Driver’s laziness led to elderly lady with a permit having to park opposite and hobble across the road," she said on the Australian Disability Parking Wall of Shame Facebook page. The van was parked outside the Karalee Chempro Chemist.

A photo of the Australia Post van parked in a disabled parking spot in the Karalee Shopping Centre carpark in Queensland. Another photo of the carpark.
An Australia Post contractor has been slammed for taking a disabled spot in the Karalee Shopping Centre carpark in Queensland. Source: Facebook/Australian Disability Parking Wall of Shame

The post garnered a few angry responses, with some bringing up other Australia Post parking concerns they've witnessed in their local areas.

"At my local shops here in Perth one of the thatched areas besides an ACROD bay is marked that Australia Post vehicles are permitted to park in it which I also believe is wrong and this is definitely inexcusable," one man commented.

The Facebook post has since been deleted.

Australia Post respond to incident

After becoming aware and investigating the incident, Australia Post apologised for the behaviour of the contractor.

"We sincerely apologise for the actions of this delivery contractor and any inconvenience caused," an Australia Post spokesperson said in a statement. "This lapse in judgement falls well below the high standards we expect of our team members.

"It’s especially disappointing given Australia Post prides itself on its commitment to inclusion and diversity both across our workforce and within our communities. We’ve spoken to the contractor and taken steps to ensure this doesn’t happen again."

Yahoo understands both the man driving the vehicle and all Australia Post contractors were strongly reminded they cannot park in disabled parking spots without a permit.

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