It's no secret food delivery services like DoorDash and Uber Eats have seen a boom in popularity in the Missoula area, especially since the pandemic. Now your drivers are feeling the pinch as gas prices pinch more than ever. Let's help them out.

If you're like me, getting to the grocery store, or even cooking dinner seems to be an impossibility. Look, life gets in the way.  It's so convenient to just hit up a delivery app and order food from your favorite local Missoula eatery. We often forget the time, cost, and vehicle wear and tear that it takes on your drivers. Gas prices have skyrocketed, making it near impossible for them to make a living without your tips. Think of the time spent doing the deliveries, cost of fuel, insurance, maintenance, and general wear and tear on their vehicle. In the long run, without your generous tips, they could actually be losing money on your delivery. Imagine traveling all the way from North Reserve to the Rattlesnake to get stiffed on a tip and only make $3 for the delivery fee. That wouldn't even cover the cost of gas.

A recent article published by "ridestar" has a pretty good breakdown on how this works.  I know what you're thinking.  Well, these "employers" should pay them a fair wage to cover the cost of all this, but the fact is, they don't, and they won't. If they did, you would just see another upcharge in your order. In the end, we are paying for the convenience, and when we hit that 'send' button, we know the cost. Don't take it out on the middle man that is just trying to make a living, whether it's their full-time job, or a side hustle. Take care of your delivery people as they take care of you.

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