The fallout from Hurricane Ida hit New Yorkers hard. But for delivery workers it was an opportunity to make a lot more money. Since most of the people who could afford to stay indoors were upper middle-class, their tipping was likely to be more generous under these conditions. At the same time, the scooters of the delivery drivers were not always up the challenge of flooding. Some were damaged and repairs were made at the delivery workers’ expense. What is overlooked is that lives were saved because less people tried to go out for food. Of course, this was not factored into the pay of delivery workers.
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