School Takes Uber Eats Off The Menu After Delivery Drivers Seen Wandering Through School Grounds
An Australian school has been forced to crack down on kids ordering Uber Eats directly to the school.
In a modern take on a playground food fight, The Geelong College has put a ban on students ordering their food through the popular mobile app.
"On the surface , this service may seem like nothing more than a convenient and contemporary method of having a modern day lunch delivered, not to mention a little less embarrassing than having parents delivering a lunchbox to student admin," a message from the head of the senior school Simon Young said in a newsletter earlier this year.
But the elite Victorian school suggested that more than simply an issue of convenience, the trend could put students in potentially dangerous situations.
"We do not wish to encourage or condone a culture where transactions are taking place through car windows on the street between our students and unknown members of the public," Young said.
"We have also had a few lost Uber Eats drivers wandering through the Keith Humble Centre looking for their customers."
But on Wednesday some of the school's students said the trend hadn't been as widespread as it seemed.
Year 12 student Olivia Evans said it wasn't ideal for the school to have random people walking through the school grounds.
"It's disappointing for some people who liked to get food delivered, but it kind of makes sense," Olivia told Ten Eyewitness News.
Fellow student Fraser Locke said while he hadn't seen any deliver drivers walking through the grounds, Uber Eats was a more appealing alternative than the school's canteen food because there were more options.
“You get better choice, a better range, so of course,” Fraser told Ten Eyewitness News.
"I don't think it's a really big deal to be honest, it's during spares so you're allowed to go out," he added.
"There's probably three-quarters [of the grade] that don't get it so it's not a big deal for the majority."
While the exact ages of the students who used Uber Eats are not known, the company's community guidelines state all account holders must be 18 years old or older.
"All deliveries to schools should be made through the school reception or equivalent in accordance with the school authority's official procedures," the guidelines said.
The Department of Education said policies relating to food delivery services at schools are made at a local level by individual schools.
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