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How about a day in the life of a food delivery rider? foodpanda Thailand interviewed three riders: Yut, Bas, and Arm, and asked them about some of their most interesting delivery moments.
Have you ever delivered to someone famous?
Yut: Yes, I have delivered food twice to the national footballer, Charlie Chappuis. He was very nice and kind. What a coincidence!
When delivering an order, have you bumped into an ex?
Arm: No, never, but I hung out with a few girls while waiting for the order at the restaurant (laughs).
Bas: I once delivered an order for a customer who was living in a village a bit outside of Central Bangkok. The security guard didn’t allow motorbike in so we had to ride a bicycle to the customer’s house!
Where is the strangest location you’ve dropped off a delivery?
Arm: At Soi Yeun Yong. It was at 9PM and no one was around. It was very scary. I felt like I was part of a horror film.
Have you been invited in to join a customer?
Yut: Yes, many times. Last year, I delivered food to a house birthday party. They invited me and gave me free food. It was a very good vibe but I think the party owner was a bit drunk (laughs).
Bas: Yes, I have. It was in September this year and it was flooding so my scooter broke down. I needed to stop and start my scooter all over again. Thankfully, the customer understood when I delivered their order late and even gave me a big tip to say thank you.
Have you ever forgotten where you parked your bike? How long did it take to find?
Arm: Yes, I have. It was in a mall and I saw the exact same scooter (with same color and model) as mine. It was a bit late before I realized I was on the wrong scooter. I walked around the parking lot to find my scooter. It took me almost one hour until I found the right one!
Has anyone’s order ever smelled so good that you ordered the same thing shortly after?
Yut: Yes, it has always been the case for me with BonChon Chicken. It smells so good that I always needed to order the same right after my shift.
What’s the best free food you’ve been given by a restaurant?
Arm: I once received tons of food from Kah Moo Meng Jai as the owner was about to close the restaurant. Because it was a huge amount of food, I shared Kao Kah Moo (Pork leg with rice) with my colleagues after our shift ended.
What is the most impressive thing about being a foodpanda rider?
Yut: We genuinely help each other and we are friends in real life. Moreover, I love that I can make the customers smile when I bring food to their hands. It makes me feel good.
Life as a foodpanda rider is full of fun surprises, with interesting deliveries and friendships that can last a lifetime! Don’t forget to check out the foodpanda app to order tasty food straight to your door. Also, if you feel the rider life is for you, check out foodpandas recruitment page here.