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Food delivery has been a thing for a while, but apps like Doordash and others have changed the game up quite a bit. With smartphones, photo confirmation, and a greater number of orders due to changing consumer habits, the Doordash community’s chance encounters have produced a lot of fun pics to share with the world!

Not all of them are fun, of course. In some cases, images may reflect the pressure that people may find themselves under as they juggle multiple jobs and time-sensitive Doordash deliveries just to make ends meet. Fortunately, some of them simply reflect the fun human encounters that can always happen when strangers meet.

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Took Out A Customers Trash For Them

Took Out A Customers Trash For Them

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Brenda
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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How awesome and kind! And such an easy thing to do!

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The online Doordash community seems to have quite the love-hate relationship with the app and the people working for it. While some encounters are quite positive and heartwarming, others portray quite unpleasant behavior from both delivery people and customers alike. The pics share some of the best and worst attributes of humanity.

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Was Handed This As A Tip (Even After A Tip Through App) By A Really Nice Lady, Super Cool!

Was Handed This As A Tip (Even After A Tip Through App) By A Really Nice Lady, Super Cool!

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For both customers and workers, some of the problems may be due to growing pains. Food delivery apps around the world have experienced extraordinary growth in recent years, and society may be experiencing growing pains as we all wrap our heads around an economy in which nearly anyone can decide to become a food delivery worker and almost anyone can order food from a restaurant right to their doorstep.

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Hate When “Leave At Door” Customers Rush Out To Meet You On The Doorstep

Hate When “Leave At Door” Customers Rush Out To Meet You On The Doorstep

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Meeting that pup would be a highlight to the shift if I did that job.

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An article by consulting firm McKinsey & Company puts the meteoric rise of food delivery businesses into context: “A little under two decades ago, restaurant-quality meal delivery was still largely limited to foods such as pizza and Chinese. Nowadays, food delivery has become a global market worth more than $150 billion, having more than tripled since 2017.”

The switch to new interfaces between restaurant customers and their food was bound to happen as tech innovators worked to expand the role of apps in our lives, but global lockdown efforts for the COVID-19 pandemic had an especially significant role to play in the proliferation of these apps. As McKinsey & Company writes, “Lockdowns and physical-distancing requirements early on in the pandemic gave the category an enormous boost, with delivery becoming a lifeline for the hurting restaurant industry. Moving forward, it is poised to remain a permanent fixture in the dining landscape.”

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Honestly The Best Interaction I’ve Had In The App. Made My Night

Honestly The Best Interaction I’ve Had In The App. Made My Night

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Despite their proliferation, however, it is clear that working in the industry isn’t a cakewalk. Industry representatives claim that margins are quite thin and that the business has high costs. Depending on the region and on the app (there’s much more out there than just DoorDash), restaurants may be taking a hit by working with these apps as well.

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Took This Picture While Dropping Off

Took This Picture While Dropping Off

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Dog’s like “Hey, yeah, that’s for me. Just open the door, my person knows. For sure, no lie. Just open the door. Be cool, man.”

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The average food delivery platform customer may not realize that the apps charge on both ends of their order. In addition to the service fee you pay as a consumer, the restaurant will pay (usually between 15-30% of the order price) for the pleasure of reaching a broader consumer base thanks to the app. Depending on the restaurant and the market, this may significantly reduce or even eliminate their profit margins.

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Doordash Support Is Insane

Doordash Support Is Insane

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This post is doing wonders for door dash in advertising! I suddenly have a new love for just eat, Uber eats and deliveroo!

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#21

Im Done With Doordash!

Im Done With Doordash!

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The fact that they know where you live is a little unsettling.

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Indeed, the existence of these apps has allowed for a new type of restaurant to flourish that may challenge the traditional types of places that we sometimes like to visit. As McKinsey & Company point out, “This pressure on traditional restaurants could be tightened further by the proliferation of “dark kitchens” (a restaurant that has no front of house for customers) and other delivery-first and delivery-only restaurant models. Since these lower-overhead businesses can afford to pay the platforms’ higher commissions, they are often featured more prominently in the platforms’ apps.”

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Restaurants aren’t the only players feeling the pressure. The apps have also been reluctant to provide their delivery workers with the wages and benefits that some laborers expect. People who rely on the gig economy may be especially vulnerable, and efforts to ensure that they get the benefits they need can shake up the industry. “Shifts in how independent contractors are paid, as well as what benefits they receive, could significantly shake up the economics for all major stakeholders across the marketplace,” McKinsey & Company writes.

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Dashers: We As Customers Hate This. Please Deliver To The Door (Especially When I Gave Detailed Instructions)…

Dashers: We As Customers Hate This. Please Deliver To The Door (Especially When I Gave Detailed Instructions)…

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your instructions said door delivery. If you didn't want to do it, why did you take the order!?!

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As consumers, it’s worth thinking twice before completing an order on our food delivery app of choice. On the one hand, we could be providing a local gig worker with a slice of much-needed income. On the other, we could be depriving a beloved but struggling local restaurant of some much-needed income.

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Didn't Get My Sandwich. Had Dd Re-Deliver The Order. Dd Sent Me 6 Redeliveries Using 6 Different Dashers

Didn't Get My Sandwich. Had Dd Re-Deliver The Order. Dd Sent Me 6 Redeliveries Using 6 Different Dashers

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Had this happen with Just Eat in the Uk and messaged customer services to ask a- had I been charged for the extras and b- what to do with them? They said I wouldn't be and I could keep them or give them away etc. our driver said she saw a homeless person round the corner from my hotel, so we both took the extra food to them and asked if they wanted it. They did and it meant they got food and it didn't go to waste. A happy ending to a mishap

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#29

Delivered To The Wrong House And They Didn’t Even Apologize

Delivered To The Wrong House And They Didn’t Even Apologize

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This sounds like those people that act like everything is gonna be alright, then someone else saves the day and they are like "see? told you"

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#30

Friend Couldn’t Find His Door Dash Order, Then Sent Me This Photo Later

Friend Couldn’t Find His Door Dash Order, Then Sent Me This Photo Later

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Sometimes, going for a walk and sitting down to eat at a local restaurant just might be worth it!

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Customers With Loose Dogs, You Know We're Coming. Put Them Up For 2 Minutes While I Drop Off Your Food, Please. It's Not Our Job To Fight The Hungry Beast To Save Your Order

Customers With Loose Dogs, You Know We're Coming. Put Them Up For 2 Minutes While I Drop Off Your Food, Please. It's Not Our Job To Fight The Hungry Beast To Save Your Order

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Who Is In The Wrong Here?

Who Is In The Wrong Here?

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Arsehole deserves to lose the job, could at least tell the person where the food is.

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#33

Saw This In My Apartment Stairs After Hearing A Loud Noise And Being Notified My Order Was Cancelled

Saw This In My Apartment Stairs After Hearing A Loud Noise And Being Notified My Order Was Cancelled

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Dasher Snapped A Photo Of My House From The Street. Food Nowhere To Be Found

Dasher Snapped A Photo Of My House From The Street. Food Nowhere To Be Found

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unbelievable! Wow. Every DD I've ever had has been perfect. I had no idea there were so many bad experiences.

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#36

My Doordasher Is Stuck In The Elevator

My Doordasher Is Stuck In The Elevator

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This person deserves some of the evil dished out to other customers. Do something about the delivery person trapped in an elevator! Call someone for them!

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#37

Well That’s An Interesting Name

Well That’s An Interesting Name

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Waited An Hour For Taco Bell Delivery From Less Than A Mile Away. They Didn’t Drop Off My Food, Only The Drink. $22 For A Beverage

Waited An Hour For Taco Bell Delivery From Less Than A Mile Away. They Didn’t Drop Off My Food, Only The Drink. $22 For A Beverage

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I Have Seen Horror Stories Of Bad Dashers But Never Thought I'd Get One

I Have Seen Horror Stories Of Bad Dashers But Never Thought I'd Get One

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8 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

i don't think that 30/100+ good reviews is nearly as good as he thinks it is

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Dasher Left Food In Bushes

Dasher Left Food In Bushes

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