Delivery Driver Sparks Debate After Criticising 'Tip Baiting'

A man has revealed one of the worst things delivery drivers encounter in their job.
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Owen Lindstrom works for a mobile delivery service, which gives customers the option to tip their driver.

Customers are able to increase or decrease their tip, but this is where the 'bait' comes in.

According to Owen, who shared the story on his TikTok channel, customers often increase their tip in the hope of getting their food quicker.

However, once they have it, they will drop it right down, meaning the driver is left out of pocket.

Owen says: "While it’s good to protect the customer from having bad service by holding the tip over your head, it leaves a big opportunity to screw over the driver with tip baiting."
Owen says 'tip baiting' is really frustrating but there's not much that can be done. Credit: TikTok
Unfortunately, Owen says, there isn't too much drivers can really do to prevent themselves from being done over.

He says the best bet is to try and work in areas that don't seem too prone to the problem.

Since the video was posted, it has been viewed more than 4.8 million times, with thousands piling into the comments.

Replying to a comment thanking him for shedding some light on the scam, Owen said: "I don't think it's super common but it happens and it's really frustrating."

Backing Owen's corner, one user said: "If you can’t afford to tip the delivery driver then you have no business of ordering out. Drivers use their own cars, gas and wear and tear."

Another said there should be a new system where drivers could alert others to problem customers.
Many feel if someone can't tip, they shouldn't be ordering food. Credit: Alamy
"They should add a feature so drivers can comment on the buyer for other drivers," wrote one.

While another added: "The drivers need to get together and start a website of all the addresses that do tip baiting."

Last year, a delivery driver was sacked after he was photographed dumping dozens of parcels in the woods.

Amy Taylor was walking her dog in the woods in in Carnwath, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, on Tuesday (23 November) when she saw the delivery driver heaping packages into a big pile.

The 34-year-old said she asked what he was doing and he claimed he was simply 'sorting' the parcels; however, on her way home she found them left behind in the woods - including one package addressed to her.

To add insult to injury, the nurse said she received a notification stating that her parcel had been delivered.

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