A delivery driver who went viral for saying he left a note for a customer who didn't tip said it was a stunt in a new video

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  • A delivery driver says a viral video where he left a note for a customer asking them to tip was fake.

  • According to the New York Post, the driver uploaded a TikTok where he said he didn't actually leave the note. 

  • At the time of writing, the TikToker's account was private and his videos were unavailable.

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A delivery driver said his viral video where he said he left a note at a customer's door asking them to tip was a stunt, according to the New York Post. 

The DoorDash delivery driver, who goes by @frenchfrythug and is now private on TikTok, previously told Insider he left a note at a DoorDash customer's house asking them to tip.

In the video, the TikToker showed and recited a note that stated: "If you can't afford to tip then you should go pick it up yourself. Who do you think you are to order food and have someone come and bring it to your door for FREE? FOR FREE?"

An image of the letter Esmond Fountain left a customer.
An image of the letter the TikToker said he left a customer. @frenchfrythug/TikTok

The TikToker previously told Insider that he had left the note at the customer's door to "make a statement." According to New York Post's reporter David Meyer, the TikToker has since said that the note was part of a stunt. 

On Saturday, @frenchfrythug uploaded a video where he said "​​Amy is real, she's a real habitual non-tipper, but I did not leave the note at Amy's thing," according to the New York Post. 

At the time of writing, @frenchfrythug's account was private, so Insider was not able to view his videos. He did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. 

The TikToker continued in the video, according to the New York Post: "I am a troll. I was joking, the internet took it very seriously and that's okay."

A DoorDash spokesperson previously told Insider that "this behavior is clearly inappropriate and has no place on the DoorDash platform. We are looking into this incident and will take appropriate action." The company did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment on this story.

Since uploading the video, the delivery driver has sparked a conversation on tipping. Thousands of commenters have debated whether or not people should tip on delivery orders. 

screenshots from Esmond Fountain's TikTok video
Screenshots from the TikToker's original video. @frenchfrythug/TikTok

Insider has previously spoken to food-delivery drivers who said that tips make up a significant portion of their income.

DoorDasher Mike Hayes previously told Insider that "tips are our livelihood since we don't depend on the DoorDash base pay."

The base pay is the guaranteed amount a DoorDash delivery person will make on an order, which ranges from $3 to $10, according to DoorDash's website. Hayes told Insider that it's typically closer to $3. 

Annie Smith, a Postmates driver who has a similar role as a DoorDasher, told Insider that it's important to tip drivers well.

Speaking to Insider, she said she wished "customers knew that the tip makes up most of what we get paid."

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