A viral photo of an innocuous pile of leaves taken by a UPS worker made the rounds this week. While it may not seem like much to some, others will be surprised upon taking a closer look and seeing a small child playing in the debris. This picture serves as a warning.
Jordan Weaver, a driver for UPS was making deliveries for UPS when he parked his vehicle. Across the street, after his delivery, he saw the child in the leaves and nearly had a heart attack.
"I couldn't believe it at first — my heart completely stopped,"
Weaver told local news station, WSBT:
"At this time of year, when the leaves fall, people will often rake them into piles, which children like to play in. However, when those piles are right at the curb of the road, it can be dangerous."
People were quick to blame the parents.
@DailyMail Where is the caretaker for this child!!!!— donna (@donna)1542223342.0
@DailyMail Say it with me irresponsible parent!— Sotiri Dimpinoudis Ⓥ (@Sotiri Dimpinoudis Ⓥ)1542222723.0
If the child was hiding in the leaves where Weaver's truck would park, it could have ended in disaster. While some might see this as reckless parenting, the UPS driver is focused on safe driving.
Weaver talked about how often he sees dangerous behavior on the road.
"Countless times a day. Distracted driving is the main one. You see so many people on their phones not paying attention to the roads around them, especially in neighborhoods like this."
Parents were grateful for the warning to drivers.
@Fox35Amy @Fox35News @UPS I certainly would have missed the child at first. Very dangerous.— Chris Stark (@Chris Stark)1542219239.0
OMG! The same thing happened to me. I cannot go by a pile of leaves without shuddering and thinking KIDS LOVE LEAVE… https://t.co/cowBpb6eYl— joanna (@joanna)1542216992.0
Parents and fellow drivers-here's a reminder to always be cautious of kids playing near the streets. https://t.co/VPq5wcyBDv— 103.5 KISS FM (@103.5 KISS FM)1542294185.0
Weaver asked the mother of the child for permission before sharing the picture. He hopes this makes people pay more attention when driving:
"You really have to keep your eyes open," said Weaver. "No matter what street you're on, no matter where you're at, just have to keep your eyes open. You have to pay attention to everything around you constantly."
UPS has commented on the matter, stating how proud they are of their driver:
"Safety is our top priority at UPS. When one of our drivers saw this child in the leaves, it was a chance to help spread the word to always be watchful on the road."