Half of Americans rely on food delivery services to complete their holiday meals, but the cost of convenience comes at the expense of falsifying your food.
Studies show that 62% of people stress the holiday season. With 36% of cooking. No doubt why online spike orders.
Postmates figures show more than 2.3 million orders placed by December 2017 and 4.5 million orders in December 2018.
In 2018, UBS found that food delivery platforms in major cities are among the most downloaded.
“We believe that by 2030, most home-cooked meals will be ordered online and delivered by restaurants or central cuisines,” according to UBS.
Say cheese, you’re a camera delivery guide
But in October, CBS’s David Goldstein interviews a food delivery guide who says drivers help themselves to a customer’s food while some go as far as sipping on soda.
“Taking sips of soda all the time … putting a straw in it and drinking it and putting another top in it,” he said.
Breaking food alone is unacceptable, but taking one’s drink crosses the line. However, this is not an isolated incident.
Goldstein’s team filmed a shipping guide eating potatoes from a Fatburger order as he got into his car and helped himself to more as he exited the parking lot. And before handing over to the customer his order, he licks his fingers and wipes them on his hairy legs.
In another incident, Goldstein turns a man eating potatoes out of a carry-on bag, but says, “I had food in my car” when confronted.
Food supply services Health hazards
Food safety expert Jeff Nelken told CBS that these delivery services pose health risks.
“So there are all sorts of possibilities for exposure to bacteria, to pollutants in the car and just in touch with everything,” Nelken said.
He continued, “I’m someone who uses these services, I wouldn’t even think of it, David.”
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The US Foods company conducted a survey of 500 food distribution drivers using applications such as Postmates, Grub Hub, DoorDash and Uber Eats.
On a scale of 1 that is not “big deal” and 10 is “absolutely unacceptable”, the average customer response was 8.4 out of 10.
Of the 500 shipping guides surveyed: 54 percent admitted that the smell of food was tempting, and half of them took a bite.
American Foods said in a statement to NPR, “We’re sorry to say that sometimes, push gets the best of shoppers, and they violate their sacred duty by taking some of the food!”
Instructions: Do not violate the food
The Uber driver gets a sealed McDonalds series. Courtesy: Reddit
McDonald’s is one of the many restaurants that seal their bags with a label or package. And 85 percent of customers indicate a stamp of violation. But not all restaurants seal their bags.
The Grub Hub told NPR that if a customer suspects any of his food is missing, they will return their money and investigate the incident.
According to the instructions of Uber Eats, a driver’s account will be disabled for fraudulent activity, abuse or “claiming completion of a delivery without ever receiving the delivery item and receiving a delivery item but not delivering it in full”.
And Doordash tells drivers not to open food containers or violate the order anyway.