I Suspect the Delivery Driver Is Messing With My Food

3 weeks ago

Emma, a stay-at-home mom, found herself in a troubling situation with her food deliveries. She suspected that the delivery driver was tampering with her orders. Emma was worried about her safety but didn't want to give up the small joy of having food delivered after a long day of caring for her family. Unsure whether to confront the issue or play it safe, she turned to Bright Side for advice.

There's no way I would trust a third party anonymous person to deliver my food to me. Only trust restaurant employed drivers.


Then restaurant suppose to probably bag staple and have a tampered free tag/sticker on the fold that way if they still open it take a picture of it. I would not eat from them and use that delivery service anymore. That's criminal behavior and food contamination.


Emma, it's not uncommon especially if you are ordering fast food for a few fries to be missing etc. Complaining to the boss may not be your best option. yes, they often will retaliate. the job pays squat a lot of people don't want to tip enough so. who even wants a job doing that? there in is your problem the boss is probably lucky there is someone willing to do the job. you should have said something like next time if you can get them to give me a little more fries etc. I can tip you an extra dollar, or whatever its worth to you to get untampered food, I don't have that problem though. I tip the highest on their scale every time. even Walmart I noticed when I started doing that, I started getting the best service. if I order pizza, I get extra sauces packets of cheese peppers sometimes cheese sticks etc.


Thank you, Emma, for sharing your story with us. We have some tips that can help you deal with this situation.

When ordering food, be aware that many delivery drivers do take food from orders.

Your concern about the delivery driver tampering with your food is understandable, especially given that many do. In fact, a study revealed that 1 in 4 delivery drivers admit to tasting customers' food before it's delivered. While it's hard to say for sure if this happened to you, your decision to prioritize your safety and emotional well-being was courageous.

Acknowledge your feelings of guilt, but also recognize that you acted in response to a valid concern. It's important to address this issue head-on. Consider expressing your disappointment and concern to the delivery service. Communicate your expectations clearly, and if possible, request a different driver for your deliveries.

Consider different options.

Given the limited options in your small town, you might explore other ways to ensure your food's safety. If you feel uncomfortable continuing with this service, it might be worth considering other options, even if it means compromising on convenience.

Cooking at home leads to a healthier diet, fewer calories consumed, and a lower risk of obesity. Medical experts believe that teaching people to cook at home can improve diet quality, aid in weight loss, and help prevent diabetes.

Be proactive about your food safety.

For safer food deliveries, give specific instructions. Ask for sealed packaging and clear handling guidelines to prevent tampering and keep your meals safe, which is crucial in a small town with few delivery choices. Clearly stating how you want your food packed and handled can protect against tampering and help you feel secure.

Give meal-share network a chance.

Consider reaching out to neighbors or friends to establish a meal-sharing arrangement. Gather a group of 2-6 individuals or families interested in participating. Select people who live within walking or biking distance of each other, or who are conveniently located on routes you already travel.

Sharing homemade meals within your community builds trust and gives you control over food preparation and safety. This offers a comforting alternative to relying solely on delivery services.

Stand up for yourself.

Remember, standing up for yourself is not selfish—it's an act of self-care and self-respect. Your well-being matters, and it's essential to feel safe and valued in all aspects of your life. If you ever feel uneasy about a situation, trust your instincts and take steps to protect yourself. Your peace of mind is worth it.

Learning to stand up for yourself means becoming more assertive. Assertiveness involves calmly and openly communicating your feelings and needs. It's crucial in various aspects of life, including work, relationships with friends and family, and everyday interactions such as shopping.

Just like Emma, many of us find it challenging to dedicate time and energy to cooking. It's common to grab just a cup of coffee before breakfast to help start your day. However, starting your day with coffee might have some surprising and unpleasant effects.

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