“How am I supposed to survive?” Uber Eats delivery man cries after being tipped just $1.19 despite driving more than an hour
- TikTok user @deliveryguy100 posted a cry for help saying ‘I wish people knew what it was like to deliver’ for the various food delivery apps
- He said he was homeless and struggling to survive in the video that was viewed more than 1.1 million times
- In addition to the meager tip, he said he only received $2 for the delivery itself
- Commentators were sympathetic, but many blamed delivery app companies for what they said was employee exploitation
- Despite widespread adoption of its food delivery service, Uber still posted a $6.77 billion loss for 2020 and is reportedly yet to turn a profit
An Uber Eats driver made an emotional plea after saying he was given a $1.19 tip after driving more than an hour for a delivery.
Smithson Michael posted on TikTok under username @deliveryguy100 that he struggled to survive driving for the food delivery service, asking customers to tip in a video that has been viewed more than 1.1 million times on the video-sharing platform. -network.
“I wish people knew what it was like to deliver to all these businesses for Uber Eats, Postmates and Doordash,” he said, tears streaming down his cheeks.
“Just drove around for an hour for a $1.19 tip. I mean, would it hurt to tip us, give us five dollars?’
In addition to the meager tip, Michael said the delivery earned him $2 from the app company.
‘What is that? That’s not even enough to cover gas,’ he said. “How am I supposed to survive like this?”
Smithson Michael posted under the TikTok username @deliveryguy100 that he struggled to survive after receiving a $1.19 tip for a delivery that took over an hour
Michael said he was homeless and four months behind on car payments
“Everything fell apart and I have not been able to support myself, take care of myself and these are essential services,” he said. “I wish people knew what it was like. I wish they understood what it was like to drive for these services.”
Many of the top-rated comments on the video were sympathetic, but also blamed the delivery app companies, who said they charged exorbitant fees for the deliveries.
Michael said he was homeless and called on people to tip more
Reactions to the video were largely sympathetic, but many blamed the food delivery app companies, which they said charged exorbitant delivery fees.
“People make a living wage and don’t order if you can’t tip,” reads the top-rated comment on the video.
“I always tip well, but let’s face it… Companies are to blame,” read another.
“I sent you $10. Hope that helps a little. I hope you have a better day tomorrow. God bless you.’ another wrote.
“I can barely afford my food,” wrote another.
“It couldn’t hurt, and I always tip,” one woman wrote. ‘But you also exploit these companies and they must be regulated.’
The Daily Mail has contacted Uber for comment.
Uber Eats is the most popular food delivery app internationally.
But despite its widespread adoption, it is still struggling to turn a profit.
Even with explosive growth for its food delivery segment during the pandemic, the company posted a loss of nearly $6.77 billion for 2020, with a loss of $958 million in the fourth quarter. CNBC reported.
‘Cumulative payments to drivers for deliveries’ [sic] historically exceed the cumulative delivery costs paid by consumers,” the company noted in a 2020 earnings release, according to intelligencer.