Letters | Hong Kong’s food delivery riders deserve a better deal
- Readers discuss the Foodpanda rider strike, and the US consul general’s viral post on a popular local takeaway option
During the pandemic, many Hongkongers have turned to food delivery services, and come to appreciate the convenience of receiving a hot meal at home with just a tap on an app.
While we wait for our food in the comfort of our homes, couriers have to endure long waiting times at restaurants while dealing with impatient customers, often bearing the brunt of restaurants’ mistakes. They work even under adverse weather conditions. They also face challenges parking in some areas.
Riders are self-employed and must own their vehicle. Many riders are new immigrants and have no other way of making a living.
It is particularly upsetting that they are seeing their wages drop during the pandemic when business has been booming for food delivery companies.
The company should also provide benefits for couriers making deliveries in extreme weather.
Iman Wan, Pok Fu Lam
When buying two-dish rice, bring your own box
During the pandemic, takeaway lunchboxes containing rice and two Cantonese sides gained popularity. When US Consul General Gregory May posted on social media that he had finally tried the meal, he sparked much discussion. It was heartwarming that the diplomat gave this very Hong Kong aspect of food culture a try.
Two-dish meals are not only cheap, especially when the price of food is rising, but the dishes are also tasty, and remind one of home. When I walk home every day, I see an increasing number of restaurants offering the two-dish option. Getting takeaway for dinner is convenient and saves me time cooking.
However, the disadvantage is that it causes a lot of waste, since the food usually comes in a styrofoam or plastic box. I hope that when Hongkongers enjoy this meal, they will remember to bring their own containers.
Rosa Chen, Tseung Kwan O