1 in 4 delivery drivers plug into their delivery truck: survey
They give the full package.
A new investigation discovered shocking and racy details about the lives of couriers, including the fact that one in four delivery drivers have met someone at work.
Conducted by Circuit, a route-planning app for drivers, the survey interviewed 564 drivers, a group made up of 69% food delivery drivers and 31% other couriers.
“Interacting inappropriately with a customer was one of the most frequently reported indiscretions,” according to the results, with 27% of drivers engaging in “less than professional communications” and 25% revealing they met someone while driving. were working.
Although it sounds too wild to be true, a Florida man was fired as an Amazon delivery driver last October after a woman was caught sneaking out of his van on camera.
A DoorDash driver, who was later fired, even held a customer’s food order hostage because he wanted sexual favors in return.
“Help me a little sexually and I’ll deliver the food,” the driver reportedly told the woman, who took to social media to speak out against his behavior. “Otherwise, I’ll have to cancel.”
Other indiscretions, according to the survey, included urinating around customers’ homes (9% of respondents) and eating food deliveries, which accounted for 80% of those surveyed. Such spoilage of food is, in fact, against many delivery service rules — but that’s clearly not stopping drivers.
“Intentionally damaged packages, package theft, and package opening and resealing were also reported at 23%, 17%, and 17%, respectively,” the survey found.
Drivers who participated also admitted to being judgmental about customers for orders. Specifically, 78% of couriers judged people’s orders, recalling the most confusing, including sex lube, 20 fries orders and a 12ft Christmas tree in March.
But the work isn’t so bad – 42% of respondents said their customers use them for TikTok trends, like making them dance in front of their porch cameras.
Yet drivers still don’t like their customers at times. The reasons they listed include bad tips, barking dogs, rude neighbors, hard-to-find addresses, or “too friendly” people.
Some recounted terrifying experiences of being chased by dogs or flashing customers.
“The recipient thought I was a thief and threw his pit bull at me,” a 27-year-old courier told Circuit. “I had to hide in my car while they were yelling at me and threatening me with a gun until they noticed I was holding their package out the window.”
Another 36-year-old food delivery driver described a time when the house was hard to find, and when they found it, they were greeted with a less than ideal surprise.
“When I arrived at the client, he was super weird as he was dressed in an animal costume, with a private area exposed,” the person told Circuit.
The main takeaway from the findings, according to Circuit, is to always treat delivery drivers properly.
“Delivery drivers experience all sorts of things in the line of duty – from weird deliveries to even stranger customers,” Circuit said. “While delivery drivers are likely to be in a good mood, it’s best to keep them out of your pranks or TikToks. They don’t have to dance for your doorbell if they don’t want to.