LOCAL NEWS

Amazon Driver Accused Of Throwing, Damaging Layton Man’s Flags

Oct 23, 2020, 10:35 PM | Updated: 11:44 pm

LAYTON, Utah – People in a Layton neighborhood said an Amazon driver took issue with the flags outside one home, throwing them into the street and running over one of them.

Neighbors told the homeowner what had happened on Wednesday, who said he was disappointed to see his “Trump” and “Thin Blue Line” flags damaged on surveillance video.

You may not agree with his political choices, but hopefully, everyone agrees that this is not the way to express that difference.

“We should be able to just have a conversation and have differences of opinion,” the homeowner said. “It doesn’t look like that’s what we’re being taught anymore.”

The homeowner chose not to be on camera Friday, saying he doesn’t want to attract too much attention for expressing his opinion.

Security camera video appears to show one of the flags in the street. (KSL-TV)

Neighbor Matt Papaj said he noticed something unusual when the delivery van passed by Wednesday.

“Amazon Prime delivered a package to my neighbor’s house,” Papaj said. “As he pulled away, I noticed that the flag was out in the street — the ‘Thin Blue Line’ flag. The Amazon driver went down to the end of the street and left, so we replaced the flag, put it back where it was.”

Neighbor Matt Papaj. (KSL-TV)

Neighbors said the driver started coming back up the street, and they thought he was coming to make things right. But that’s when they said he threw the flags back into the street.

“He backed up and took both the flags, and threw them into the street, and then backed over one,” Papaj said. “And my friend … said, ‘Hey, what are you doing? What’s going on here?’ And he said, ‘F that flag. I’m quitting Amazon.’ And he took off and left.”

Security camera footage shows the Amazon driver allegedly taking the flags from the Layton man’s yard. (KSL-TV)

It was upsetting for Papaj to watch it all happen. He said this isn’t the only recent political trouble they’ve seen here.

“We had, not a flag, but a billboard in my yard, and it was taken and the other neighbor’s yard, it was taken, and this person’s yard it was taken,” Papaj said. “You have your right to your opinions, but to start destroying other people’s property and basically threatening other people — it’s not right. I felt like it was borderline of a hate crime, really.”

And while the flags were back up Friday, the homeowner said he’ll be taking them in at night to be safe.

Both of the homeowner’s flags were back up Friday. (KSL-TV)

“We shouldn’t have to live that way,” he said.

The homeowner said he did file reports with police and Amazon. KSL reached out to amazon Friday, and they said they are looking into the incident.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Americans are using their credit cards more often as the economy opens....
Matt Gephardt

Gephardt Busts Inflation: The key to saving money on your credit card bills

More Utahns are carrying debt, but the thing is – many of those folks have no idea how much interest they are paying on their debt.
1 day ago
...
Matt Rascon

Man chases teens after shots fired at Taylorsville High

As parents and neighbors reacted to gunshots heard from the Taylorsville parking lot, one man ran towards the school.
1 day ago
Follow @KSL_AlexCabrero...
Alex Cabrero

Tragedy to triumph: how a Utah family is honoring their son

The heartwarming way a Utah family is honoring the life of their son while helping others.
1 day ago
Mike Hayes says he noticed changes when he started intermittent fasting...
Ayanna Likens

The health benefits of intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting has become increasingly popular and health experts say there are some benefits to it.
1 day ago
...
Candice Madsen

GM for Tabernacle Choir Retires after 21 Years

“For 21 years I’ve been part of the magic and I still pinch myself,” Scott Barrick said.
1 day ago
(GoFundMe)...
Ladd Egan

‘Ball of fire’: Utah man severely burned during backyard accident with gasoline

A Utah man suffered severe burns to his hands and face while trying to start a fire in his backyard fire pit.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Fiber Optical cables connected to an optic ports and Network cables connected to ethernet ports...
Brian Huston, CE and Anthony Perkins, BICSI

Why Every Business Needs a Structured Cabling System

A structured cabling system benefits businesses by giving you faster processing speeds and making your network more efficient and reliable.
notebook with password notes highlighted...
PC Laptops

How to Create Strong Passwords You Can Actually Remember

Learn how you can create strong passwords that are actually easy to remember! In a short time you can create new ones in seconds.
house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 Reasons You May Want to Consider Apartment Life Over Owning a Home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to Choose What MBA Program is Right for You: Take this Quiz Before You Apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t Let a Ransomware Attack Get You Down | Protect Your Workplace Today with Cyber Insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Amazon Driver Accused Of Throwing, Damaging Layton Man’s Flags