There’s a running theory amongst Instacart customers that male Instacart shoppers are inferior to their non-male counterparts.
Those who believe this theory cite negative experiences with male Instacart drivers, saying that they will claim items are out of stock when they’re not or that they will make odd replacements. For example, one user claimed that their male Instacart driver sent a photo to prove that an item was not in stock—only for the user to see the item in question in the photo. Another alleged that their male shopper substituted an onion for a green apple.
However, few stories come close to the one recently shared by TikTok user Carmella (@carmellanthony). In a video with over 123,000 views, Carmella stitches with another video to claim that her Instacart shopper brought her two loose chicken breasts.
“The chicken breast that I ordered was brought to me like this,” she says, showing raw chicken breasts lying atop other grocery items. “When I tell you I was in shock — like, I don’t even know how this is possible. Just fully spread out all over the other groceries.”
@carmellanthony male insta cart shoppers could not care any less like i was in tears 😭😭😭 #fyp #greenscreenvideo ♬ original sound - BIG C
It would have been difficult or near impossible for the Instacart shopper to not be aware of this issue, Carmella says.
“I know he had to have seen it because the bag wasn’t tied up,” she details. “The audacity was actually astounding.”
She closes the video by saying that incidents like these are one of the reasons why she does not use Instacart often.
At first, some commenters speculated about how something like this could have happened.
“He absolutely bought a bigger package and just pulled out two for you, and kept the rest,” stated a user. “They were not bagged like this in the store lol.”
However, others were simply content to list their own experiences with male Instacart shoppers.
“I had a male shopper and I ordered 5lbs of cat food his substitute was 20lbs of dog food,” recalled a user.
“Tell me why this man tried telling me WALMART didn’t have GARLIC,” added another.
“A guy once said there no white bread at Aldi,” offered a third. “There was a whole bread aisle I said look again.”
“I once had a man replace an apple with a jar of pickles!” exclaimed a further TikToker. “Not another type of apple, not another fruit, PICKLES.”
That said, others quickly countered with their own, positive experiences.
“My husband did insta shopping before our baby was born, and he got 5 stars just cause he bagged properly,” said a commenter. “Like, it’s not hard.”
“I was nervous today but My male instacart shopper was top tier,” shared a second. “He held the flour in his hand so it wouldn’t get wet in the bag. Had to add extra tip.”
The Daily Dot reached out to Instacart and Carmella via email.
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