Just Eat driver sacked for getting petrol while waiting for delayed McDonalds

A bloke has been sacked from his job as a Just Eat driver after stopping for petrol after finding out a McDonald's order he was picking up was going to be delayed.

According to claims from Lohom Jaimes, 36, he lost his job after filling up his car with diesel having been told the order was delayed.

And upon returning to to the branch of McDonald’s restaurant on Telford Road, Edinburgh, he found out that the order still wasn't ready – yet he lost his job for doing so.

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Speaking to the Daily Record as part of an investigation into the delivery company's treatment of staff, he said: “I was away for ten minutes, which seemed reasonable because there were 20 orders before me on the screen inside McDonald’s.

“It seemed like a perfect chance to get fuel because I knew I would be getting another order immediately after the one I was on.

“But even though I didn’t do anything wrong, I was accused of trying to get some extra waiting time payment and just deactivated.”

“If I could have been given a chance to explain myself surely this would not have resulted in me having my livelihood taken away – I move fast and my food gets to customers hot but the app isn’t set up to consider anything like that"

Italian national Lohon had spent £400 per month on buying a car for the job, and earned around £700 per week for 50 hours of work.

He now finds himself working in a hotel for less money, yet his bills are the same.

And the treatment of the bloke, and others who spoke to the Daily Record, has been slammed by the MP for Glasgow North East, Anne McLaughlin.

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She said: “I find the way Just Eat couriers are being routinely dismissed and deactivated, essentially by a machine, completely unfair and unjust. There is a cost of living crisis and people are doing their best just to get by, Just Eat are robbing people of their livelihood at a time when they really need that income.”

“Rather than have a proper appeals process, which would require staff and cost money, they have their own system of internal reviews – essentially marking their own homework.

“It’s simply not good enough. You can’t let a machine sack someone and subsequently offer no chance to appeal that decision or explain their side of the story.”

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The Daily Star has reached out to Just Eat for a comment, but a spokesman told the Daily Record: “We take any concerns raised by couriers on our network seriously and will investigate and take action as needed if a courier feels they have been wrongly deactivated.

"At Just Eat, it is important to ensure fairness for all couriers delivering on our behalf.

“This is why we have measures and systems in place to identify and stop fraudulent activity on our platform and when couriers have breached the terms of their courier service agreement."

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