Want to Cancel Your Food Delivery Order? You Could Get Six Years in Jail if This Law Passes in the Philippines

A lawmaker in the Philippines has proposed a bill that could see people who cancel food delivery orders punished with at least six years in prison.

The country's citizens were encouraged to order food for delivery during the stay-at-home order, which according Alfredo Garbin of the political party AKO Bicol, resulted in a number of peple canceling their orders and exposing delivery drives to unnecessary risks, Manila Bulletin reports.

Garbin proposed the Food and Grocery Delivery Services Act on Monday. It seeks to stop customers from canceling their food and grocery delivery orders once delivery drivers have paid for the items or are on their way to deliver them, in response to an increase in pranks involving people canceling their orders.

If the bill passes, anyone who cancels their order could get at least six years in jail, could have to pay 100,000 Philippine pesos (around $2,000), and could have to reimburse the delivery service providers for the items paid for in advance by the delivery driver. Additionally, they could have to pay double the fee charged for the canceled transaction to the service provider.

The bill would also cover customers who cancel food or grocery delivery as part of a prank.

Additionally, a six month imprisonment penalty is suggested for anyone who shames, demeans, embarrasses, or humiliates delivery riders.

If the bill is passed, orders could only be canceled without penalty in certain cases, such as if a customer uses a credit card and so the service provider will be paid anyway, or if the delivery is delayed for at least an hour by no fault of the driver.

Food and delivery service providers will also be required to get their customers to provide a valid proof of identity and a residential address, and they will verify the customer's identity on a video call.

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A motorbike food delivery driver on March 30, 2020 in Bangkok, Thailand. The Philippines has filed a bill that could see people who cancel their food delivery orders go to jail for six years. Lauren DeCicca/Getty