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Business Starts Petition to Reinstate FedEx Delivery Man

A local FedEx-authorized ship center, East Hampton Business Service, has a petition going asking FedEx for more time for Barry Gilliam.

Owners of the East Hampton Business Service, a FedEx authorized ship center located in the village, started a petition on Monday morning to implore FedEx to reinstate delivery man Barry Gilliam.

Gilliam, an independent contractor for FedEx Ground for the past 11 years, said his contract was terminated last week after the company found him out of compliance with the way his business was filed as a corporation. He said he wasn't able to bring his corporation status into compliance in time for the imposed deadline.

Since then, Gilliam received a groundswell of support from East Hampton businesses and residents. Hundreds of his customers have written in on Patch, on Facebook, through Twitter and called FedEx directly demanding Gilliam be allowed to return to his route on East Hampton Village, Springs and Wainscott.

Mary Croghan, whose store, East Hampton Business Service, has been around since 1978, said Gilliam has been picking up from her store for 11 years. She said she hopes common sense prevails and Gilliam be allowed to return to his route. She plans to send it to the company president on Thursday.

She said Gilliam has an "intimate knowledge of everyone on the route."

"It's a level of service that I'm sure FedEx doesn't expect from the guys," she said, "But when you're on the receiving end of that type of attention or care — it's almost like a concierge service."

Croghan was among the many who took the time to appeal to the company on Gilliam's behalf. "I wrote to FedEx that he's an outstanding ambassador of the company," she said.

She said Scott Rubenstein took a copy of the petition to his business, East Hampton Indoor Tennis in Wainscott, for anyone there to sign. Other business owners have also begun asking for copies, as well.

Croghan called Gilliam a "very, very rare individual." She said, "His personal values manifest in his behavior." On the job, "he goes the extra mile and does all things with love," she said.

Croghan said she plans to send in the petition by Thursday morning. East Hampton Business Service, at 20 Park Place, is open every day between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m., for those who would like to sign the petition.

Will you sign the petition? Tell us in the comments below.

Ken Allan October 15, 2012 at 07:39 PM
If FedEx wants everything "just so", than these drivers need to be employees, NOT independent contractors. You can't have it both ways FedEx.
The Hamptons Chick October 15, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Has anyone started an online petition through Change.org? It's fast to do and can be circulated via email, facebook, twitter, etc... It could potentially generate thousands of signatures quickly.
Debbie October 15, 2012 at 08:53 PM
I went to school with Barry and have known him for years! Barry is a Wonderful Father, an Awesome Indivdual and the Greatest FedEx Driver Ever. BRING BARRY BACK!!
Penny October 15, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Clipboard is on the counter, easily accessible, no one to ask permission of...takes less than a minute to add your name & phone # in support. But please don't wait...we need to act quickly. There IS strength in numbers & Barry alone, can't make this happen...but WE can!
Penny October 15, 2012 at 09:51 PM
And thanks Mary C, for participating & generating another vital link in this story we all hope, will have a happy ending :)
suzi o'connor October 15, 2012 at 09:58 PM
good for you Mary...and all others...will be in first thing tomorrow...also think the on line petition is a good idea....have seen them really work wonders....and in record time...both could not hurt.......
Taylor K. Vecsey (Editor) October 15, 2012 at 10:02 PM
If someone starts an online petition, please let me know. Thanks.
MARTIN DREW October 17, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Better check your facts ; Erin Truxal of FedEx disagrees with filing status as ONLY reason for termination of business relation... Love Barry .. But seems to be more to this unfortunate story...
Dorothy Peel October 19, 2012 at 02:28 AM
I already stopped using FedEx. And will do so until Barry comes back

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