DoorDash driver speaking in car holding speeding ticket (l) hands holding DoorDash app open on phone in front of wooden background (c) DoorDash driver speaking in car (r)

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‘I made negative money today’: DoorDash driver says she got a ticket while delivering food (updated)

She became an NPC streamer instead.


Tricia Crimmins


Posted on Jul 18, 2023   Updated on Sep 19, 2023, 3:56 pm CDT

A woman who started working for DoorDash to make extra money says that she was issued a parking ticket on her first trip out.

Now, she’s looking for support.

In a TikTok video, Maysun Valles (@maysunmilk) says she got a ticket while delivering DoorDash orders.

“This is what I get for trying to grind and trying to have a little side hustle,” Valles says in her viral video. “Got off my full-time job like, ‘Let me make a little extra money.’ And I made negative money today.”

Currently, Valles’ video has over 4.2 million views.

@maysunmilk I cant do this anymore #fyp #foryoupage ♬ original sound – maysun

How Do DoorDash Violations Work?

According to DoorDash’s website, DoorDash does not reimburse drivers for any ticket fees they incur while delivering for the app.

The company holds its drivers to an independent contractor agreement, which instructs drivers to “determine how to deliver using the DoorDash platform which includes where to park to pick up or deliver and the route you will take.”

This also begs the question of other traffic infractions, such as “Can you DoorDash if you have a speeding ticket?” According to Ridester, you can still work as a DoorDash driver if you have two speeding tickets on your driving record. But three or more will disqualify you.

The company runs background checks on all new applications and periodic background checks on active employees.

A New Revenue Stream

After her DoorDash experience, Valles says that she is considering trying to make money on TikTok live instead—akin to NPC streamers like @PinkyDollReal—by repeating phrases like “ice cream so good” when she is sent tokens by people watching her live streams.

As the Daily Dot’s Gavia Baker-Whitelaw previously reported, NPC streamers exhibit “a surreal combination of sexiness and smooth videogame character body language” with “the appeal of a serene, pre-programmed avatar with no real autonomy” when going live on TikTok and other applications.

And Valles wasn’t joking about making money via TikTok live in the style of an NPC streamer: In a recent stream, Valles repeated phrases based on which emoji tokens she received from viewers.

Viewers who had seen her original video about getting a ticket while delivering food posted screen recordings from her live.

@_anotheryear_ @maysun WHATT 😭😭 #fypシ #funny #meme #viral #maysun #tiktoklive #fypage ♬ original sound – wanderingorrila

“Thank you for the glizzy!” Valles is heard saying in her live before making a slurping noise. “Thank you for sending a first gift! Thank you for liking and sharing guys!”

Update 2:12pm CT, July 18: In an email to the Daily Dot, Valles said that she made more than enough money streaming to cover the cost of her parking ticket. At her peak, she had approximately 25,000 people watching her livestream.

Concerning the ticket itself, she said that she “put on my hazards, double parked, and ran inside the restaurant” to get the food, but when she returned after a few minutes, she had already received a ticket.

“It was completely my fault, I know, but still upsetting,” Valles told the Daily Dot. “It completely wiped out the little bit of money I had made doordashing that day. I actually lost money.”

Valles said that she has delivered for DoorDash before, but decided it wasn’t worth the money after having to pay for her own gas and being taxed on her earnings.

“I decided to give it a try again to see if it was worth it but decided once again it wasn’t,” Valles told the Daily Dot. “Maybe if you’re doing it full time, but not as a side huddle in my opinion.”

She will, however, continue streaming on TikTok for money.

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*First Published: Jul 18, 2023, 12:57 pm CDT