Ugh! Study Says 28% of Food Delivery Service Drivers Have Tasted Some of Your Food

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In case you were lucky enough to miss the viral video, which has been viewed more 10 million times, a minor in the city of Lufkin, Texas, decided to “prank” shoppers at a local supermarket by having herself recorded removing a gallon container of ice cream from the freezer, removing the lid, and taking a lick. Here for your viewing displeasure is the moron, who police dubbed as the “Blue Bell licker,” in action.

Although the perpetrator has since been identified and now faces up to 20 years in prison if she’s charged with a second-degree felony, her disgusting desecration has spawned copycats. My advice, therefore, is to avoid buying ice cream until the craze blows over.

Come to think of it, you may want to avoid ordering from Seamless, too, based on the findings of a new study revealing that 28% of delivery drivers report helping themselves to food from a customer’s order. Virginia ABC affiliate WSET reports:

54 percent of delivery drivers polled also said they are often tempted by the smell of the food they deliver to customers.

The US Food study also shows that 17 percent of customers complained their food was not warm or fresh, and 16 percent complained their food was delivered late.

Customers weren’t the only ones with complaints about food delivery. The study also says 60 percent of delivery drivers complained of receiving little or no tip, while 39 percent complained that the customer’s instructions were unclear.

The study covered 1,518 American adults who have used food delivery apps, including UberEats, Grubhub, DoorDash and Postmates from May 9 to 13.