The gig workers dying for deliveries
Last month, a gig worker named Francisco Villalva Vitinio was shot and killed in East Harlem for not giving up his e-bike while on a delivery. The company he was working for, DoorDash, denied that he was on a delivery at the time even though screenshots of his account showed otherwise.
Vitinio isn’t alone; in the last year, attacks against delivery couriers have increased, with workers being shot and/or killed while on the job in states ranging from Texas to Virginia to Michigan to Missouri. One of the victims of the Boulder King Sooper shooting was a gig worker, Instacart Shopper Lynn Murray.
I wrote about this phenomenon yesterday for Defector, and how gig companies can get away with shrugging off such incidents as unfortunate tragic accidents, rather than a consequence of their poorly paid, meager jobs.