His heartbreaking meltdown was caught on camera - where he was standing with the order in the rain, only to get nothing for his effort and trouble.
Despite working your fingers to the bone, if you have to depend upon the kindness of strangers to have a proper income, it is simply unacceptable. Unfortunately, this is the reality of people working in the hospitality sector, especially as servers and delivery drivers. One Dominos employee expressed this frustration on TikTok, explaining how he has to depend on tips to earn a living. On Sunday, TikTok user @leaks._.world posted a video showing a man, who goes by the name Malik, getting into a fierce debate after a customer failed to tip him. His heartbreaking meltdown was caught on camera after he waited five minutes in the rain with an order - only to get nothing for his effort and trouble.
"I don’t want to work here anymore!" he could be heard screaming in anger back at the takeaway shop. The person filming the video can be heard laughing and asking the driver to "calm down" but doesn't seem to be consolable. He then yells, "Five minutes! Five minutes out there in the rain, and no tip? No tip?" as he goes ahead and punches a stack of empty pizza boxes. "Holy s***," the guy behind the camera says to the delivery driver, according to Daily Star. While some viewers thought that the customer should not have ordered food if they could not afford to tip the driver, others explained why not tipping is okay.
I literally can’t comprehend how people don’t tip. If you can’t afford to tip you can’t afford to eat out or order food. Period, wrote one user, according to the outlet. Another user recalled a similar situation and shared: I forgot to tip my driver one time I called back to get him to come back and tipped him $40 on a $17 order because he had to come back. But another netizen said: I avoid places where they expect a tip. It’s awkward and I’m paying for a service or product already. There were many who argued that the giant food chains or employers should be paying their employees enough so that they don't have to depend on tips from customers.
Delivery drivers do not deserve any tips. They deserve a sustainable wage from their employers for their hard work! So do all other workers in the serving industry. #endtips #RaiseTheWage @dominos #jobs #Labor #SocialJustice https://t.co/wGfglC1cH4— The Sociologist (@_TheSociologist) February 23, 2021
The TikTok user who had uploaded the video explained that the whole issue was not just about the tip but also the customer's indifference to the driver's extra effort. He shared that it would have been fine even if that person gave just a dollar as a tip or even simply apologized for making him wait in the rain. We recently reported that a video went viral recently, which emphasized the significance of tipping well. TikTok user Riley Elliot, a resident of Seattle, opened up about his financial woes of being a delivery driver for companies like DoorDash and UberEats through his TikTok account @livefreestudios. In the tear-jerking post, Elliot tells his follows how he "just spent the last 45 minutes on a delivery and had to pay $3 for parking" as there was no free parking in the area and the customer had refused to come out and get their food.
Something needs to be done about this. pic.twitter.com/PvxbgiQl2s— Christian St. Croix (@SaintsCrossing) February 17, 2021
"They tipped me $1.50 and Uber paid me $2.50," he said before revealed that he is currently on the brink of homelessness as he has to "prove three times the rent for income in two weeks." Despite working multiple jobs, he was unable to come up with the amount and shared that it would be the third time since May that he found himself in this position. "It doesn’t matter that I’m working multiple jobs, it doesn’t matter that I rarely sleep and can barely afford to feed myself," he said, adding, "all because people don’t tip their delivery drivers." Finally, Elliot says that he is "out here risking my life in a pandemic and no one cares." The video was viewed more than 2 million times and since then, people have rallied to help him.
Thank you all who have contributed to this fund! It is going to change so many lives! We are working hard to provide a system of distribution. Bear with us!! #spreadthekindness https://t.co/1xwiDcTaNM— Riley Elliot (@livefreestudios) February 23, 2021
Thanks to the donated amount, Elliot was able to move into a home and pay all his pending bills. He even managed to distribute some of the money to his friends who were in need of it. The delivery driver later accepted that it was not completely the customer's fault but that of the corporations. It is "not entirely the fault of people who don’t tip," he said. "It is absolutely the fault of these companies like DoorDash and Uber who don’t pay their drivers very much, who charge extreme delivery fees and only pay their drivers $2."