DoorDash has been slapped with yet another lawsuit over allegations that one of its food-delivery drivers violently attacked a client.
A Las Vegas restaurateur claims he nearly lost his life when a driver for the San Francisco-based delivery giant stabbed him multiple times in his back and below his ribs with a pocket knife.
To make matters worse, the suit filed this week claims that the since-dismissed DoorDash driver — who is now awaiting trial on attempted murder charges in Nevada — got hired despite doing stints in prison for crimes that included armed robbery.
The alleged Oct. 27, 2018, incident began after Fabio Coppola, owner of the Roma Deli And Restaurant, knocked on the driver’s side window of DoorDash driver Mackie Allen to tell him a food order was ready for pickup inside, according to a complaint filed Thursday in Nevada state court.
Allen, 32, gave Coppola a “hostile response,” getting out of his car and yelling “give me my f–king food” as he barged into the restaurant and called Coppola an “ugly motherf–ker,” according to the suit.
When Coppola told Allen that he planned to complain to DoorDash and ordered him to leave the restaurant, Allen pulled out a pocket knife, slashing Coppola’s left hand, the complaint says.
The restaurateur fled his own restaurant to avoid further injury, but Allen followed him around the building and into the parking lot, stabbing him several more times, according to the suit.
In a bizarre twist, the suit claims that Allen, after fleeing the crime scene, jumped into his car with the food order and delivered it to the customer.
Allen got his gig at DoorDash despite a conviction for robbing a gas station with a shotgun in 2010, as well as a 2012 conviction and four-year prison sentence for attempting to cash a forged check at a Wells Fargo branch, according to the complaint.
That appears to be partly because DoorDash’s criminal background checks only go back seven years, and only check the dates of the offenses themselves and not jail time served, the complaint says.
“DoorDash’s flawed background check policy almost cost Mr. Coppola his life,” his lawyer, Richard Schonfeld, said in a statement. “This case raises important questions in terms of the minimum standard that should be required to protect both consumers and restaurant workers.”
A call to Allen’s lawyer was not immediately returned.
The complaint comes on the heels of two other alleged violent DoorDash incidents. In July, a Queens customer sued the startup, claiming a driver broke his leg in a scuffle.
In a March incident caught on videotape, a DoorDash driver in Los Angeles appeared to punch a restaurant worker in the face.
“At DoorDash, we take the safety of our community extremely seriously. We sincerely regret that this incident fell short of the experience we strive to give our customers every day,” a DoorDash spokesperson said in a statement.
“While we can’t comment on active litigation, we have taken appropriate actions including immediately deactivating the Dasher from our platform for failing to follow and maintain our code of conduct.”