Popular companies, such as Postmates and UberEats, provide food delivery services to make ordering food a more convenient experience. Food delivery companies have mostly received positive feedback over the idea of having a delivery driver pick up a customer’s order instead of the customer doing it themselves. Instead of calling to make a request, there is an app available for customers to access. Once the customer has completed their request, they will be given an estimated time for delivery. This is a helpful feature for the customer, however, it could be stressful for the driver.
Food delivery drivers are expected to meet the estimated time period given on the app. If they fail to do this, then they will most likely receive a bad review from the customer. As a consequence, the reputation of the food company will have a tarnished image if the drivers often arrive late to drop off orders. Furthermore, these drivers can get fired if they do not meet the deadline for each order. To prevent this from happening, many food delivery drivers perform negligent actions on the road.
Those who are stressed out or under pressure to meet the deadline to delivery an order will most likely disobey the rules of the road by:
All of these are dangerous to do on the road. The driver is not only risking their own life, but the lives of other drivers and pedestrians, as well.
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The main priority that nearly every restaurant has is food safety. This is especially important if the restaurant provides delivery services. Delivery drivers are responsible for keeping the temperature nearly on the same level of what the food should be. An example could be soup. It needs to be warm for the customer to consume it with satisfaction. If the delivery driver did not consider the temperature issue, then they would most likely have delivered a cold soup to the customer, thus making it a bad food delivery service. The temperature may effectively impact the quality of food to the extent to which it may go bad. This can be dangerous due to the fact that it will make the food spoiled or rotten. Anyone who eats decayed food will most likely get sick and suffer from food poisoning.
If a food delivery driver showed acts of carelessness for improper food care, it could be difficult to show proof of this behavior. Food goes through a lengthy process before it is given to a customer. This makes it tough for the customer to determine what caused the food to turn out this way. Now, with third party food delivery companies, such as Postmates and UberEats, it has become even more complicated to find out who is liable for this type of problem.
Unfortunately, there have been several cases of food tampering reported in the United States within the past few years involving food delivery drivers. According to a 2019 survey conducted by US Foods, about 54 percent of food delivery drivers get tempted by the smell of a customer’s food, while 30 percent give into the temptation and eat the food. These actions are morally wrong and can pose a health risk to customers. To prevent this from happening, food delivery companies, such as UberEats, Postmates, and DoorDash, have encouraged restaurants to put customer orders in tamper-resistant packaging.
Food delivery drivers who choose to break California law will face consequences, which is 2 to 5 years in jail. This prison sentence is a suitable punishment for a driver who commits a serious crime. If there are any substances placed in the food or drink that causes the customer physical injury or death, then there will be 3 more years added to the delivery driver’s sentence.
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