As we finish yet ANOTHER week of isolation due to the coronavirus pandemic, we need to talk about some absolute heroes saving our butts right now: food delivery workers.
While many of us have the luxury of staying home and self-isolating, food delivery workers are busier than ever, making sure the rest of us have the essentials we need to survive.
Earlier this week, I spoke with a grocery store employee who shared some ways that we, as customers, can make their jobs a little bit easier right now. I wanted to see if we could do the same for delivery workers, so I reached out to some folks delivering for apps like Postmates, Instacart, Uber Eats, and Grubhub. Turns out, they had a lot to say.
So, if you’re getting takeout or groceries delivered to your door in this pandemic, here are some things you should know:
Please don’t skimp out on the tip.
Don’t ignore texts and calls from your delivery person.
Don’t try to hoard hard-to-find items.
On a similar note, don’t try to order more than the store’s customer limits.
Don’t punish delivery workers for long wait times.
And don’t punish them for out-of-stock items, either.
When given a choice, always go for a “no contact” delivery option.
And respect that “no contact” actually means no contact.
Don’t “tip bait.”
Make sure you’ve listed your correct address in the app.
Don’t complain when they check your ID for alcohol purchases.
Don’t tip percentages — tip a flat amount that reflects the size of your initial order.
As best you can, try to avoid buying a ton of heavy items.
Don’t tip cash.
Don’t lie about your order to get a free thing.
Try not to add things to your order after it’s been placed.
And finally, just don’t be a jerk!
TL;DR: Be a good human, respect all “no contact” rules, and for the love of everything that is holy, TIP.