69-year-old restaurant owner attacked by Grubhub driver picking up order, metro Atlanta police say
Grubhub is responding after police accused one of their food delivery drivers of attacking and robbing a Sandy Springs restaurant owner.
Police said Abedal Ebeid, 32, walked into Aldo’s Italian Restaurant on Roswell Road just before 5 pm on Jan. 10 when the restaurant opens for a dinner crowd.
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The owner told Channel 2’s Courtney Francisco he allowed the man in to pick up an order for a customer and that’s when he attacked. The owner fought back, and the attacker ran off.
The owner called 911 during the robbery and officers said they were able to make a quick arrest.
Ebeid was in jail hours later and charged with disorderly conduct-disturbing peace.
Grubhub spokesperson Liza Dee released a statement that read in part, “We have absolutely no tolerance for misconduct.”
According to Dee, the company removed the driver from the platform.
“Before any partner begins delivering with us, we are doing extensive motor vehicle and criminal background checks,” Dee’s statement continued.
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Channel 2 asked what other popular food delivery apps do to protect people from potentially dangerous drivers.
Door Dash issued this statement:
“Each one said drivers complete background and motor vehicle checks as well as verify their identities. If a person’s background check shows any convictions, they are not hired. In addition to that, if the background check shows any charges for violent crimes, they are not hired. So, even if a potential hire is charged but not yet convicted of a violent crime, the platform should weed that person out of the hiring process.”
Door Dash spokesperson
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