Smithson Michael has been struggling to survive amid driving for Uber Eats. Being on the job, Michael learned to endure a lot, but his latest encounter is a thing he couldn’t overlook nor limit the internet from knowing. Taking to Twitter, Michael, with the username @deliveryguy100, expressed an emotional plea after receiving a $1.19 tip for delivery.
Smithson Michael left in tears over receiving a $1.19 tip for a delivery that took more than an hour.
Michael explained in a TikTok clip watched over 800k times of how he had driven more than an hour, yet a customer tipped him that the above amount. “I wish people knew what it was like to deliver for Uber Eats, Postmates, Doordash, all these companies.” He said at the beginning of the clip.
He added: “I just spent an hour driving around for a $1.19 tip. I mean would it hurt y’all to tip us, throw us five dollars.” In addition to the tip, Michael revealed that the tip had even netted him $2 from the app company. The driver continued, stating that wasn’t even enough to cover gas, saying: “How am I supposed to survive like that?”
The Uber Eats driver has been living homeless and had already fallen four months behind on car payments.
Michael stated further that he had been living homeless and had already fallen four months behind on car payments. “Everything fell apart on me, and I haven’t been able to sustain myself, provide for myself, and these are essential services. I wish people knew what it was like. I wish they understood what it was like to drive for these services.” Without hesitation, comments weighed in, many of which are downright sympathetic.
“Everything fell apart on me, and I haven’t been able to sustain myself, and these are essential services.”
A few people blamed the delivery app companies, claiming they charge exorbitant fees for their deliveries. However, Uber Eats remains the most popular food delivery worldwide, yet it still struggles to profit. According to Intelligencer, as seen on the company 2020 earnings release, cumulative payments to Drivers for Delivery deliveries historically have exceeded the cumulative delivery fees paid by customers.