TLCMKT News (11.30.2020): Woman Critically Injured After Uber T-Boned in Brooklyn, Food Delivery Apps Are Booming, But Their Workers Struggle To Earn a Living Wage
Select TLCMKT news stories for Monday, November 30th, 2020
Woman Critically Injured After Uber T-Boned In Brooklyn Intersection (CBS NY)
A 32 year old female Uber passenger is in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital after a driver T-boned the TLC vehicle she was riding in, near the intersection of Bedford and Dekalb in Brooklyn. The accident occurred just after midnight.
The TLC driver, who is 22 years old, was also hospitalized, but appears to in a stable condition, but no specifics were given.
Police believe the driver, who is in his early 20s, of a white Dodge Charger, described as “souped up” with a Ghostface from the Scream movies on its side panel, ran a red light. No charges have been filed yet.
“There’s been so much speeding through this intersection at Bedford and Dekalb. I’ve been here for 11 years now, and it’s not getting better” - area resident John Burke
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Food Delivery Apps Are Booming. Their Workers Are Often Struggling (NY Times)
Great profile of the current state of the food delivery market in NYC and the struggles of food delivery workers, who are dealing with various stresses, including trying to avoid infection, earn a living wage and also protect their bikes from increasing incidences of theft.
Some excerpts from the article below:
“The added competition from the surge in new workers has compounded the financial challenges. While there are no precise figures, advocacy groups estimate that there were roughly 50,000 delivery workers before the pandemic — a number they say has grown exponentially. Uber alone said it had added 36,000 couriers in New York since March.”
“They don’t think about you, your life, your bicycle,” said Otoniel Timoteo, 36, who turned to delivery work in May after being laid off from a restaurant in Queens where he worked as a waiter. “We cannot make demands, otherwise they will block you. But we have no choice. How can we live?”
“The pay is not good, but there aren’t good jobs out there anyway…We need to work and survive the best way we can.” - Enoc Evangelista
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