Uber has revolutionized travel and food delivery for years now. With the pandemic creating fewer indoor dining opportunities, restaurants have stayed afloat by using food delivery services. Not only have companies like Ubereats and Waitr helped the restaurant industry stay afloat they have also helped to create jobs.
For some people, Ubereats has become a lifeline. I remember when my husband was a PFC in the Army, he wanted to get a delivery job on the side. He filled out applications to Pizza Hut, Dominoes, and other pizza delivery services. After a few months of no replies, he finally gave up.
So, fast forward to 2021, anyone without a criminal record can work as a delivery driver. You have principals, social workers like my husband, military people, lawyers, college students, and other people now, using Ubereats as a source of income.
It’s a great gig! You need extra Christmas money, Ubereat it, you need extra money for your favorite comic book, Ubereat it, or if you need a little extra for that expensive electric bill, once again, you can earn it by driving. It is a blessing to many, so what happens when alcohol delivery comes into play?
Alcohol delivery is something that each driver will need to think about before they agree. The Uber app sometimes messes up which, causes delays in some trips. If this happens, people might not verify the age of the person ordering the alcohol, which is against the law. Many orders are Leave at Door, which means the person doesn’t want any person to person communication. All alcohol transactions need to be face to face, which puts delivery drivers at risk of getting COVID-19.
If I were a driver, I would not agree to deliver alcohol because of the likelihood of getting a combative person if they cannot produce ID or the chance of getting COVID. Right now, there have been at least two murders involving Ubereats in the media. Both delivery drivers were killed while they were delivering food. Alcohol will add a new mixture of deliveries, which means more danger for drivers.