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A new survey uncovered shocking and piquant details about the lives of couriers, including that one in four delivery drivers have gone online “unprofessionally” with someone at work, including sexually.
Powered by Circuit, a route planning app for drivers, the survey consulted 564 drivers, a group made up of 69% food deliverers and 31% other couriers.
“Interacting inappropriately with a customer was one of the most common indiscretions reported,” according to the findings, with 27% of drivers engaging in “unprofessional communications” and 25% revealing that they hooked up with someone while working.
While 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 truck on camera.
A DoorDash driver, who was later fired, even took a customer’s food order hostage because he wanted sexual favors in return.
“Help me a little sexually and I’ll bring you food,” the driver allegedly wrote in a message to the woman, who turned to social networks to denounce her behavior. “If not, I’ll have to cancel.”
Other indiscretions, the survey found, included urinating around customers’ homes (9% of those questioned) and eating food deliveries, which accounted for a whopping 80% of those surveyed.
Such food tampering is in fact against the rules of many delivery services, but it clearly doesn’t stop drivers.
“Intentional package damage, package theft, and package opening and resealing were also reported by 23%, 17%, and 17%, respectively,” the survey found.
The drivers who participated also admitted judging customers for orders.
Specifically, 78% of couriers rated people’s orders and recalled the most puzzling ones, including sex lube, 20 orders of potato chips, and a 12-foot Christmas tree in March.
But the work isn’t all bad: 42% of those surveyed said their clients used them for TikTok trends, like making them dance in front of their porch cameras.
However, sometimes drivers still dislike their customers. Reasons they listed include bad tips, barking dogs, rude neighbors, hard-to-find addresses, or people who are “too friendly.”
Some recounted terrifying experiences of being chased by dogs or customers showing them.
“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 yelled at me and threatened me with a gun until they noticed I was holding his 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 met with a less than ideal surprise.
“When I got to the client, he was super weird while wearing an animal costume, with a private area exposed,” the person told Circuit.
The key takeaway from the findings, according to Circuit, is to always treat delivery people well.
“Delivery drivers experience many kinds of things while doing their jobs, from weird deliveries to even weirder customers,” Circuit said.
“While delivery people are likely to be good-natured, it’s best to leave them out of your pranks or TikToks. They don’t have to dance to your doorbell if they don’t want to.”
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