Utah Woman: Yard Damaged By ‘UPS Gone Wild’

Feb 5, 2021, 10:55 PM | Updated: 10:56 pm

ERDA, Utah — A woman said she may face up to thousands of dollars in yard repairs after how her package was delivered Thursday afternoon.

Cherri James said she looked out one of her front windows just before 3 p.m. to see a UPS truck parked in her front yard next to a sidewalk that runs parallel with her house.

“He was too lazy to bring the package to the door so he decided to drive across the yard as close as he could to get to the front door,” James said during an interview Friday. “He had just driven right off the driveway, across the front yard and he was stuck.”

James said the family had moved in October and was planning to plant the yard in the spring.

The dirt had already been graded for that purpose, she said.

James recorded a video on her phone showing the position of the delivery truck and her interaction with the driver.

“I think I’m stuck,” the driver can be heard telling James as he delivered her package, a $20 pair of crocs destined for her daughter. “It’s the first time. Usually, I have no problem but I guess I have to keep out.”

In the first of two video clips, the truck could be seen reversing and going forward to free itself from its position before the driver asked James if she had any sawdust.

“I was like, ‘Hmmm,’” James said. “I don’t have sawdust. No!”

A second video clip shows the truck had advanced across the yard to the west, leaving muddy tracks behind it.

James said the driver then used her rake to pry under the tires to get out. The video showed the UPS truck starting to spin out on the property. Tracks left behind on Friday showed a circular track pattern across the yard.

Cherri James’ property. (KSL-TV)

“It may not look like a lot because the yard is not in, but trying to get your yard all ready for sprinklers and have it graded, you know — it does cost quite a bit,” said James, who noted hiring a contractor and having the property regraded could cost up to thousands of dollars.

Describing what happened as “UPS gone wild,” James said she reported the incident to the Tooele County Sheriff’s Office and she said she wants UPS to make it right.

KSL reached out to the UPS press office after hours about the matter and had not yet received a response as of late Friday.

“We’d like to know this isn’t going to happen to anybody else,” James said. “Nobody deserves to have this happen to their yard.”

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Utah Woman: Yard Damaged By ‘UPS Gone Wild’