The Delivery Driver Debate: Alternative Ways to Show Your Support


By Scarlett Sykes


Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of months it’s impossible to avoid the ongoing debate and talk about the way that certain food delivery companies are treating their drivers. A subject that is open to many different (and strong) opinions we are on the side of making sure that all humans are treated with respect and given the basic human rights they deserve.


We aren’t here to start a new conversation on what is or isn’t correct when it comes to this matter, instead, we want to give you some ideas on how you can show your support to the drivers instead of just adding a tip to your order…


Water and snacks

These drivers spend hours on their bikes delivering your food, in what is now topping 40+ degrees. When they arrive, offer them some water or a small snack, even if they don’t want it right now, they can save it for later.


Tip

Instead of adding a tip to your order (because depending on the company it might not go directly to the driver himself) give them a cash tip – this is guaranteed to stay put with him.


Offices – food box

If your office is anything like ours, you will be having a regular visit from one food delivery service or another. Instead of having to give water or snacks every time they arrive you can place a box outside your office door for them to take something on their way out.


Plan ahead

You know that you want lunch, that is a given, so why not order your food early when the heat is more bearable and either put it in the fridge or heat it up when you are ready to eat. This saves the drivers having to deliver at the hottest part of the day.


Shade

This won’t be possible for everyone but if you’re in a villa and have shade why not offer them a place to have a rest or sit for a moment. The temperature inside their helmets can top 50+ in peak summer, with no breaks between deliveries. A little shade and water will go a long way to make the day easier for them.



So, next time you place an order take a moment to think about the person bringing it to you.