A recent study stated, 28 percent of food delivery workers in US admit to eat their customer's food (yeah, before it's delivered). Sometimes, delivery boys can't hold their impulse. Fries, dumpling or momo can trigger them to open the parcel and get a GUILT scoop.
We don't have any valid leads on whether delivery girls also steal from Pathao or Foodpanda parcels. Let's just focus on the horrors of food heist.
If Americans face such conundrums, I wonder what our desi foodies might encounter with their next food parcels.
Pathao, Uber Eats and Foodpanda are the big three food delivery apps in the country.
What if Bangladeshi delivery boys are following their US brethren and food heist-ing our crispy fries? Surely we can't sit still.
For the time being, here are some pro tips to tactfully encounter suspicious DBs (it's short for delivery boys, no DB police reference intended).
Given that Bangladeshi DBs eat your food, there are ways you can escape from such embarrassment. Here are some tips.
1. When the DB arrives at your doorstep, brace yourself and take a deep breath. Open the door. Smile at the DB and instantly check his right hand. If the fingers seem wet, chances are, he opened your parcel.
2. Don't bother asking him about the borderline crime he just committed. What's the point? Give him a firm handshake, crunch a few bones if you are strong enough.
3. Find a torn 500 taka note from your wallet and pay him. "Ei taka nimuna" will be his expected reply. Hold your ground and refuse to change the note.
4. Once the transaction is done, slam the door shut. Give him an idea about your grudge and in the meantime, you can sob internally.
5. Pour the food on a plate and eat it anyway.
US food delivery startups underpay their DBs and this is a key reason they steal food. I wonder, are our local startups also exploiting DBs in the same way?
I hope my message is loud and clear- treat the DBs well and "Touch me, but not my food".