The Dilemma of Attitude Towards Couriers

Deliveri Club, Yandex.Food, Yandex.Lavka, Samokat couriers and other foot-bike workers find it objectively difficult to work in winter (at least in Moscow). There are many orders, and it's freezing outside. You watch as they navigate through ice, mud or snowdrifts on their bikes, sliding their wheels, and your heart bleeds at the realization that they are doing this all day for a pittance.

And you don't understand whether to pity them, praise them, envy them, or remain indifferent. I have a problem with the latter, so I need to decide.

On one hand, it's a pity because you automatically compare it with your own social position. You want to liberate them from the slavery of the square backpack. But if you free them all, no one will bring me home a KFC chicken or groceries from the store, I'll have to go myself.

That is, on the other hand, couriers are great because they help me save time and spend it on my work or other cool things. Therefore, it's worth pitying them just as much as an employer pities an employee for their work: not at all.

On the third hand, they are constantly moving and burning calories, while I have to go to a special place and pay money for similar activities. Couriers do this in (relatively) fresh air and get paid, while I sit in a chair all day and don't see the light of day. So, you could even envy them.

It's a tough situation. I still feel sorry for them, can't help it.