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What It’s Like Working as an Amazon Flex Delivery Driver

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    This is an interesting perspective from an Amazon/etc delivery driver. I almost feel that the outlook of the interview is too...positive? I mean, it's painted a pretty poor picture of the quality...

    This is an interesting perspective from an Amazon/etc delivery driver.

    Q: If you were still driving Flex in 10 years, how would you feel about that?
    A: If I could, that would be great. It’s just excess income. There’s no reason — if I have the time available — that I can’t run out, make a little extra money, that kind of thing.

    I almost feel that the outlook of the interview is too...positive? I mean, it's painted a pretty poor picture of the quality of life of a delivery driver, and I spent the whole time reading it that I wouldn't subject myself to this quality of life, but it sure seems that many are happy to take this type of job—I just wish that some company/union/economic power steps in and, well, cares more about them.

    This also reminds me of the "guaranteed pay" model that some gig economy things are doing, like DoorDash, which pay $1 + 100% of tips + a magic modifier. This sounds kinda-okay, because drivers now get guaranteed pay, but many are starting to point out that this is, in a way, sort of tip stealing. If DoorDash guarantees a delivery for $7, and a customer tips $6, DoorDash will only need to pay $1 out of pocket. If the customer does not tip, then DoorDash will pay $7 out of pocket. This to me is gross, as I want to be able to tip to give delivery drivers better economic means, but more and more services seem to be moving to this model which disincentivizes anyone who has done their research from tipping.

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