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On my first DoorDash shift, a lunch run in Brooklyn, I learned about the company’s interesting tipping policy.
DoorDash offers a guaranteed minimum for each job. For my first order, the guarantee was $6.85 and the customer, a woman in Boerum Hill who answered the door in a colorful bathrobe, tipped $3 via the app. But I still received only $6.85.
Here’s how it works: If the woman in the bathrobe had tipped zero, DoorDash would have paid me the whole $6.85. Because she tipped $3, DoorDash kicked in only $3.85. She was saving DoorDash $3, not tipping me.
There are two lessons to be had here. One, tip in cash. Two, the gig economy is built on extracting wealth from the workers in it and pushing it up to the 0.1%, of which this atrocity is just the latest example. And the sad part is that this isn't even the most egregious example of gig economy shittiness (we could do an entire thread titled "Fuck Postmates" for a dive into how horrible the gig economy can be.)
The gig economy is a blight on our economy, abusing workers to benefit only a few at the top.