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I was amazed a few months ago when Instacart managed the uproar over this same practice and DoorDash apparently calculated that Instacart would take the brunt of the outrage and they would be able to keep their heads down and let it blow over without making any changes. That was stupid and it was only a matter of time before the next reporter noticed it and it would blow up again.

The correct evil strategy seems to be what Instacart is doing now which is to make a complicated algorithm so opaque that nobody understands it so it's difficult for it to generate outrage.

With the slippery language about the "model" and the future disclosure of said model, I think DoorDash will do something like you describe. Because it takes fewer words to say "Going forward all Dasher's will earn the guaranteed rate plus any tips".

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