Some food-delivery workers in NYC have built makeshift break rooms in parking lots, The Verge reported.
These spaces are used to charge their bikes while they eat, nap, or use the bathroom.
According to The Verge, one driver claimed he paid $120 per month for his spot.
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Food-delivery workers in New York City have set up makeshift break rooms in parking lots so they have somewhere to shelter between shifts, according to a report by The Verge.
Josh Dzieza, a Verge reporter, said that he saw more than 12 delivery workers using underground parking lots near Manhattan’s Lincoln Center. They were charging their electric bikes and drying their clothes.
Anthony Chavez said that he paid $120 per month to rent his parking space. He said he spent about half his week working at a rotisserie-chicken restaurant and the rest, working for food-delivery apps.
According to The Verge, some of the city’s 65,000 food-delivery workers were using parking lots as shelters.
Delivery apps like Uber Eats, DoorDash, and Grubhub don’t provide shelter for riders during their shifts, unlike restaurants that have in-house delivery teams. As the app has become more popular, the number of in-house delivery workers has declined. This means that many riders don’t have access to shelters, toilets or food.
The Verge reported that some delivery drivers were renting parking spaces and using Chase Bank debit cards to access bank lobbies in order to stay warm during cold weather.
After videos of food delivery workers riding down flood streets in New York City and New Jersey to deliver food to customers during Hurricane Ida, the report was made by The Verge. Residents were advised to seek shelter. According to one of the workers, he received $5 for the final hour of his shift in the storms. This was only one trip from Astoria (Queens) to Brooklyn.