Food Delivery Drivers Face Many Dangers Such as Accidents and Robberies
UNITED STATES – According to an online news report at bbc.com, food delivery drivers face numerous dangers, including accidents and robberies.*
There are many apps that allow people to order food to their front door in a matter of minutes. This means that there are many food delivery drivers who are on the streets facing serious injury, intimidation, and even death.
A woman was looking forward to making extra money in downtown Atlanta, Georgia by delivering food on May 5thof last year. She only managed to make one order that day for DoorDash, which almost cost her life. As the woman was leaving from her first delivery, a man attacked her from behind and attempted to strangle her. The 31-year-old mother of four was able to escape where she used her car keys to stab the suspect in the head and face. She said that "I was just rolling around and trying to pry off certain fingers, but he would not let my hair go. I stuck my finger in his eye, he would not let my hair go. It was definitely about to be a murder and it was going to be me."
The suspect, a man, aged 54, was sentenced to two years in prison for misdemeanor battery and false imprisonment. While the victim escaped with just cuts and bruises, she still experiences emotional trauma following the incident. "I have become very distant with a lot of people that I love now. I don't trust people. I expect the worst to happen."
The extent of the problem in this regard is hard to assess given that police have not yet gathered statistics on it and companies that do food delivery have not published any, to date.
One man in London was attacked by a group of robbers that came out of the darkness as he was on his way to a delivery for UberEats. This incident occurred in the nighttime hours where one of the suspects kicked him off of his bike. Then the group started attacking him, fracturing his foot and shoulder. As a self-employed individual rather than an employee of UberEats, he was not eligible to collect any sickness cover. Notwithstanding, he was told by UberEats that they would pay out one month’s worth of income protection.
Back in Georgia, the woman indicates that DoorDash should have taken more steps to ensure the safety of its 400,000 delivery couriers. This includes background checks to identify customers who have criminal records. It appears that the man who attacked her had been in prison before for committing violent offenses. The woman complains that there was no way for her to speak to anyone from DoorDash regarding the incident. She could only email the company, which took them three days to respond. "I almost died! It was just disgusting."
In response, DoorDash has indicated that it "sincerely regrets" the handling of the woman’s incident. "We take the safety of our community extremely seriously and do not tolerate any form of harassment or inappropriate behaviour." The company has since introduced a free occupational accident insurance policy for all of its U.S. couriers.
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