DoorDash Sacks Delivery Driver After He Holds Food Hostage for Sex
A DoorDash delivery driver was sacked after he allegedly tried to extort a sexual favor in return for completing a delivery, according to a Fox Business report.
The driver initially texted the unnamed female victim, saying that, "DoorDash offered me this delivery when I was 10 miles away, meaning there's not many drivers out."
Saying that it was "late, wet, rainy, and I'm tired," the driver then supposedly offered the female customer a deal. "Help me out sexually and I'll deliver the food. If not, I'm going to have to cancel," he was said to have texted.
The woman expressed her dismay on Facebook after initially getting brushed off by DoorDash customer service. She claimed to have reached out to DoorDash after the distressing incident but was only told that the driver "must've been tired." It was only when her Facebook post went viral did DoorDash decide to "deactivate" the driver.
DoorDash released a statement to The Mirror saying, "This inappropriate and unacceptable behavior is never tolerated on the DoorDash platform."
The delivery company added that "the Dasher involved was immediately deactivated earlier this month when the incident occurred, and we have been in touch with the customer and fully refunded the order."
The New York Posts said the location of the incident remains unclear.
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Not The First Incident
DoorDash had similar incidents in 2019. Daily Dot recalled a complaint from Twitter in May 2019. Part-time model Erika Marie Ricchini (@emricchini) complained that she couldn't even order a pizza without feeling "uncomfortable and unsafe."
Like the latest victim, she reported the incident but only received automated responses until a feminist website exposed the issue. Ricchini has since deleted other similar apps.
Fox8 reported another sexual harassment incident that took place in December 2019. Angella Leger received sexually explicit text messages from a DoorDash driver, but police said that since it wasn't counted as a criminal act, they could not charge the driver. Leger can only say she hopes that DoorDash should be more cautious in hiring delivery personnel.
As COVID-19 has made delivery services a norm since early 2020, who knows how many incidents like these have taken place? While Ricchini and Leger received many messages from people who've experienced the same thing, not everyone on social media is supportive.
Ricchini said being called an "attention whore" was disheartening and has made her Instagram private after the incident, followed by the backlash.
Unfortunately, Daily Dot says victim-blaming is common on social media, making many incidents like this go unreported.
Female Delivery Drivers Are Also At Risk
While sexual harassment complaints from female customers are common, female delivery drivers are also at risk. North Penn Now reported that a female DoorDash delivery was allegedly assaulted in Landsdale, Pennsylvania in June 2020. The female driver was met by two males on the porch when she was grabbed and groped.
The investigators were able to identify and charge one of the males, and the victim positively identified 26-year-old Justin De Luna from Laredo, Texas out of a photo lineup.
According to North Penn Now, "De Luna was charged with misdemeanor counts of indecent assault without consent, indecent assault - forcible compulsion and harassment, as well as a summary charge of harassment."
It turned out that the same person was also charged with assault and family violence in a separate case back in his hometown in January 2020.