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Let's keep the door open for a new way that offers flexibility and independence

As a grandmother I found myself having to start my life over. For 3 years I was desperate to find work. Nobody would hire me because I had given up my career years ago to become a homemaker. Due to an aging parent that I took care of for 20 years and children, it made more sense to care for my family than to hire someone else to. The 30-year gap in my work history didn't seem to be something that garnered respect or admiration for my familial sacrifice and commitment. When my father died because he was so strong he fought for a month before he passed. My employers at the time were not sympathetic and I was constantly penalized for the time I took off for family. This is called the MOTHER'S PENALTY. Many articles have been written on this subject because women all over the planet have experienced this. At this age, I don't want to be someone's employee. I'm a self-starter and I don't want to answer to someone about my personal life. I work and get paid. This work format fits my life. I've been in charge of a big family and enjoy the option to work or take time off when needed without begging permission or disclosing personal information about my life. The endless revolving door of employee subjugation and dime a dozen minimum wage employment has seen enough people quit and rehire. Those are the old ways. Let's keep the door open for a new way that offers flexibility and independence.

Linda T.

DoorDash, Postmates, Instacart

Copperopolis, CA

The best opportunity to maximize my time spent at home with my family as well as time spent on the road

Hello everyone, my name is Scott and I am a veteran who served this country for 13 years. I am also a husband and a father to five lovely ladies. When I came back from my last tour in Afghanistan, I begun to isolate myself and later was discharged due to PTSD. Until I was hired on to become an independent contractor and my own boss in September 2019, I had a VERY difficult time maintaining a full-time job as I struggled working not only for unqualified managers, I found it difficult to work with so many others that I found to have poor work ethic as well. However, with DoorDash I have found a job that offers me the best opportunity to maximize my time spent at home with my family as well as time spent on the road selflessly delivering food to so many others. I must say in my time working for DoorDash I have encountered very few issues and I couldn't be happier doing what I do. I know I am not only speaking for myself when I say it would be a shame to do away with services such as DoorDash. Not only does it provide so many just like myself a job but it is also great for the economy. It gives so many businesses the opportunity to put their name out there, especially during such a time as we find ourselves in now. Our jobs are vital to not only our families but to so many other families as well. Thank you for this opportunity to not only share my story but thank you DoorDash for this opportunity to BE THE BEST ME I CAN BE!!!

Scott P.

DoorDash, Postmates

Sacramento, CA

Jim P.


Modesto, CA

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