“I’m ‘traumatized’ trying to feed my child, please leave out the vegetables”… a self-employed man struggles with delivery app order requests

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A pregnant woman who requested food trauma through an order request on a delivery application software (app) order form has become a hot topic, and there have been numerous complaints from self-employed people who have received similar requests. There are also a number of complaints that customers have been charged for food after accepting such ‘non-face-to-face towns’. It seems to show the harsh reality of self-employed people whose sales have decreased due to the recession, and the common people whose spending power has decreased.

On April 30, an online community posted an article by Mr. A, a bistro owner, who said he received a traumatic request through a delivery app, “I’m a single mother and pregnant, but I’m very hungry and don’t have any money right now, so I’m asking for a favor.” Two days later, Mr. A said, “I’m a single mother. Two days later, Mr. A posted that he had received a payment for food from a single mom customer.

In this online community of self-employed people, there were many other stories of receiving traumatic requests from customers who emphasized their plight through delivery app orders. In a post titled “Traumatic Delivery,” posted on March 5, Mr. B said, “My store received three traumatic delivery requests in 10 days,” and revealed the orders from the delivery app. “I need to feed my boss’s child, can it be delivered? I’ll deliver it tomorrow, please,” along with a request to “leave out the vegetables if possible”. “Boss, I’ll send you 30,000 won on the 20th. Is it too much? I’m really hungry.” Another order form reads, “Boss, I’ll send you 30,000 won on the 20th. “I have to feed my boss’s child, is it traumatic? I haven’t fed him since yesterday and only gave him sweets left at home.”

Mr. B said that the person who sent these three orders had the same address and seemed to be the same person. “In that area, the delivery fee is 8,500 won, but I don’t have money today, and if I have money tomorrow, I can order tomorrow, but I can’t understand it with my common sense, so I refused them all토토사이트.”

“I went over to the ‘non-face-to-face town’ and sent them food…”

A restaurant owner’s request for trauma through an application software (app) posted on an online community of self-employed people on April 9. NAVER Capture

There were also complaints that they were not paid for their food after falling for such ‘non-face-to-face towns’. “I think everyone has experienced this, but our staff sent an order (delivery), but the money didn’t come into the account,” Mr. C said in a post titled ‘Brothers’ Foreign Trade’ on April 9 at 11:47 pm. In the order request field of the photo (order form) posted by Mr. C, he wrote, “I’m a student and (the money) will come in on the evening of the 9th or on Monday (the 10th), so I’m very hungry.” “If you write down your account, I will deposit it. Please stop your (mobile) phone,” he said.

There are even cases where customers who have received food delivered with such a request do not keep their promise on the date they are supposed to pay the debt and ask for installment payments. In a post titled ‘Debt delivery order’ on March 3, Mr. D revealed an order request from a delivery app that said, “I’m sorry boss, but I have a situation, can I transfer the money to your account on Tuesday (2)?” and “I will be legally responsible if the money is not transferred by Tuesday. I will keep my promise unconditionally”. Mr. D was worried, saying, “(The customer who received the food) said he would deposit the money yesterday (2 days), but I haven’t heard from him yet.” “I contacted (the orderer) and he only paid for 50% of the food,” D said, adding, “He said he’ll pay the rest on Friday (the 5th). Doesn’t that sound like enough?” There was no word on whether Mr. D received the balance.

In the previous case, Mr. A said that the single mother (19) who had requested the money had paid the debt and offered him a part-time job at her restaurant. However, other self-employed people were overwhelmingly of the opinion that such requests should not be honored. In the comments to Mr. B’s story, self-employed people said, “If you really need (a trauma request), go to (the restaurant) in person. Otherwise, block all (trauma requests),” “When I saw the news (of Mr. A’s case), I thought there would be a lot of copycat crimes,” and “Don’t send that (food delivery). I know it’s a waste of money if you don’t have any,” etc.

“It’s harder than during the COVID-19 pandemic…”

A restaurant owner’s trauma request through an application software (app) that he posted to an online community of self-employed people on March 3. NAVER Capture

This phenomenon is compounding the difficulties of the self-employed, who are already struggling with the economic downturn, according to the report. “The self-employed are facing a time when they have to pay back not only the interest but also the principal amount of the loans they took out during the COVID-19 pandemic due to the deterioration of economic conditions, including inflation, which has led to an overall decrease in sales, and they are facing great difficulties because they are blocked from taking out additional loans,” said Lee Sung-won, secretary general of the Korea Federation of Small and Medium-sized Business Owners and Employees. There is a saying that ‘it’s harder than during the coronavirus’.” With slower spending and less income, the burden of paying bills is much greater than before. But consumers with less money to spend are also making it easier than ever to make payments in person, adding to the burden on the self-employed.

This shows the reality of the common man, who is facing the same economic conditions as the self-employed. “This (request for payment through delivery apps) is also a stark reminder of the economic crisis for consumers, whose spending power has plummeted due to rising inflation and rising utility bills,” Lee added.

“While (self-employed people) may be flexible in dealing with ‘livelihood’ requests like Mr. A’s, there are many cases of malicious and repeated requests for money and so-called ‘gambling’ (eating and running away), and most of them have no choice but to refuse,” Lee said, emphasizing that authorities should also crack down on such cases.


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