Pizza protests

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

AC­TIVISTS have ral­lied in the South Korean cap­i­tal, Seoul, in an un­usual protest against pizza chains, say­ing their prom­ises of quick ser­vice en­dan­ger the lives of young mo­tor­bike de­liv­ery driv­ers. The Youth Com­mu­nity Fo­rum held a three-day protest in cen­tral Seoul and out­side pizza chains, urg­ing them to scrap pledges to cus­tomers of free pizza if de­liv­ery takes longer than 30 min­utes. “ Stop the mur­der­ous 30-minute de­liv­ery pledge,” the group chanted while wav­ing ban­ners. The cost of a late pizza is cus­tom­ar­ily de­ducted from a de­liv­ery man’s wages, mean­ing they of­ten drive reck­lessly to de­liver or­ders on time. The labour min­istry said there were 1395 ac­ci­dents na­tion­wide last year in­volv­ing mo­tor­bikes de­liv­er­ing food of var­i­ous types. Fig­ures for fa­tal­i­ties were un­avail­able but the re­cent death of a 19-year-old de­liv­ery youth helped spark protests. “ The speed competition of­ten en­dan­gers the de­liv­ery boys, there­fore the 30-minute pol­icy needs to be abol­ished,” said Lee Jong-Pil, one of the protest or­gan­is­ers. The fo­rum will seek a boy­cott of pizza chains who refuse to change their de­liv­ery pol­icy. South Korea’s driv­ing stan­dards are gen­er­ally lax, with mo­tor­cy­clists of all kinds fre­quently speed­ing down pave­ments or across pedes­trian cross­ings.

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