One of the perks of, on occasion, getting an AirBnB instead of a hotel is that you can do a little UberEats-ing from local restaurants after a long day of sightseeing. But now that I know that my food delivery driver might be eating some of my food before they get to my house, I don’t know if I’ll be doing that anymore?
A recent survey by US Foods (which I spotted in a post in the FlyerTalk forum Dining Buzz) asked around 500 food delivery drivers if they snacked on the food that they’re responsible for delivering. And 30% of them admitted that yeah, they totally did. Of the drivers surveyed, 54% admitted to being tempted by the smell of a customer’s food, and about half of those people actually took a bite. Which, I’m just going to go on ahead and assume, means that there’s an additional percentage of delivery drivers who eat my food and then lie about it to anyone who asks.
What are we supposed to do with this information? The consensus in the Dining Buzz forum seems to be that a lot of people have already stopped using delivery services like Uber Eats and Postmates because the delivery fees are out of control. Finding out that their extra-expensive meals may have been snacked upon before they arrive just gave them yet another reason to cook at home or pick up their order.
And, I’ve discovered, that some delivery places already know that drivers can get peckish. So they staple the bags closed before they arrive. I don’t think this is an option on Uber Eats, DoorDash, Postmates, or Grubhub but maybe it should be.
Does this news make you think twice about getting your food delivered? Join the conversation in the Dining Buzz forum.