DoorDasher shares 3 reasons your meal might be delayed

A prolific TikToker who focuses on DoorDash content found three reasons why customers’ meals might be taking a long time to get to them. Depending on how well you’ve dialed into the DoorDash world, they’ll either come as thought-provoking surprises or make total sense.

Christina Tippett (@troublewiththetippetts), a creator and DoorDash driver from the greater Scranton-Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania area, posted the video to the platform on Jan. 18.

It’s a minute of plain language from Tippett going through the list of “3 reasons your DoorDash order isn’t coming fast enough,” as indicated by the on-screen caption.

She begins by introducing that she will go through these three reasons, pointing out, “And the last one is the most important.”

First, she notes, “The restaurant didn’t even start your order until we got there. And a lot more is happening than people realize.”

@troublewiththetippetts No, I’m NOT saying you need to tip more, I’m just explaining how the system works. #dasher #doordash #dashing #dashersunite ♬ Original sound – Tippett

Then she writes down the cost-benefit factor for the drivers, which means that due to the low payment, nobody picks up the customer’s order. “The order payout wasn’t enough to get the driver to the restaurant and to you in enough time for him to be worth it,” she says.

As Tippett breaks it down, “So a lot of people are like, ‘Oh, I’m ordering at a restaurant. It’s only two miles from my house. So I’ll only tip $5.’ which is ok That is your prerogative. That seems like good advice. However, if there are only 2-door Dashers and they are currently 20 or 30 miles from your house, they will have to drive to the restaurant and then to you. And if the payout is like $6, they’re probably going to refuse it.”

She then stressed, “Again, not your fault, but that’s how DoorDash works.”

In the comments section, she noted that it’s different in big cities with multiple drivers compared to less populated areas like where she lives.

And the third reason? Customers who do not have visible addresses.

She explains: “If your house number isn’t clearly visible, or it’s getting dark, or you haven’t given good directions on where they give you that opportunity, it can sometimes take up to 10 minutes to find you. ”

Tippett told the Daily Dot in a text exchange Tuesday morning that she’s only been driving for DoorDash for a few weeks but is already getting insights into the platform that she plans to share with customers. The reactions to this video, in particular, made her aware, as she put it: “That a lot of people don’t realize how little DoorDash drivers are paid.”

She noted, “I never realized how little DoorDash pays their drivers or that the ‘minimum wage’ doesn’t apply to a job like this, and that was proven by the fact that there were days when I was making less than minimum wage , and that doesn’t count the wear and tear on my car or the fuel consumption.”

“I think it’s a great option for people who don’t have a source of income, but you have to learn what jobs to take and what jobs to turn down because sometimes driving 15 miles isn’t worth $4 if gas.” $3.76 per gallon,” she concluded.


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*Initial publication: January 31, 2023 9:14 am CST

Phil West

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