One of the worst things a delivery driver can come across is a tip scam, according to one TikToker, who went viral for explaining the meaning of the term.
TikTok users @ owenlindstrom1 explains that on food delivery apps, customers have the option to reduce or increase the tip of the delivery person after they put down their food. Tipping occurs when a customer adds a large tip before taking an order in the hope of getting the money back faster. They then remove or reduce the tip after receiving the food.
The TikTok video has received 4.7 million views as of Wednesday. TikToker has nearly 89,000 followers on the app and often posts about what it’s like to be a food delivery man.
“While it is good to protect customers from bad service by keeping tipping on top, it leaves a huge opportunity to fool drivers by tipping,” says TikToker. TikToker said.
But unfortunately, there’s not much delivery drivers can do to stop tipping, he said. His best advice is to find an area that doesn’t seem easy to get scammed and stick to delivering there.
Viewers were divided over whether the trick game was such a big deal, sparking a debate in the comments. Some people believe that customers should always tip, while others consider it unreasonable.
“If you can’t tip the delivery driver, there’s no point in ordering. Drivers who use their own cars consume gas,” commented one viewer.
Another viewer partially agreed, “you should always tip, but these $8 delivery apps encourage people not to tip. it’s ridiculous.”
One user said workers don’t need to rely on tips from the start: “Let’s normalize companies that pay their employees enough instead of relying on tips.”
Some in the audience suggested that delivery drivers should find a way to track down tipping customers so they can avoid them.
“They should add a feature so drivers can comment on buyers for other drivers,” one user wrote. Another said, “Drivers need to get together and start a website of all the sites that offer tipping.”
User @ owenlindstrom1 did not immediately respond to Daily Dot’s request for comment.
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*First published: December 29, 2021, 4:28 p.m. CST
Cecilia Lenzen is a journalism student at the University of Texas at Arlington and a freelance reporter for the Daily Dot.
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