Delivery driver sacked after mocking woman who ordered thrush cream

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Photo credit: Chaay_Tee - Getty Images
Photo credit: Chaay_Tee - Getty Images

Delivery company Deliveroo has sacked one of their drivers after he posted a video on social media mocking a female customer who had ordered thrush cream.

According to the NHS, thrush is a common yeast infection that affects both men and women. Usually it is harmless, although it can be uncomfortable and keep coming back. Symptoms in women can include white vaginal discharge, itching and irritation around the vagina as well as soreness and stinging during sex or when you pee.

In the clip, the driver films himself opening the customer's Boots pharmacy package which contains the thrush cream she has ordered. "Someone's got some problems downstairs, man," he laughs at the camera before filming himself as he hands the cream over to the woman, showing both her face and entrance to her place of residence.

He then asks her what the delivery is for, to which she responds that it is "medicine". He pushes the topic further, asking for more detail despite the woman being visibly uncomfortable and telling him that it is "just cream".

After being shared on social media, the video quickly gained widespread criticism, with plenty calling out the driver's behaviour. "This Deliveroo driver decided to open this woman's package, record her and mock her for its contents. Men continue to have the f**king audacity," one person said on Twitter, as someone else wrote: "DISGUSTING. Some men need to grow the f**k up."

"That’s revolting behaviour. The assumption that thrush only comes from sexual activity shows how little this dude knows about women," another person tweeted, with a fourth adding: "All that Deliveroo driver has shown (apart from breaching her privacy) is that a grown man doesn’t understand thrush and has tried to shame a woman."

Over on her Instagram Story, dating educator and author Lalalaletmeexplain said: "This is so childish, uneducated and nasty... Thrush isn't disgusting, it's caused by a yeast imbalance often from taking antibiotics or washing with perfumed soap," she told her Instagram followers. "How dare he do this to her!"

As the video circulated, Deliveroo promptly responded to the incident and condemned the driver's actions. "This behaviour is completely unacceptable and we will no longer work with this rider," the brand said in a statement. "We have contacted the customer to apologise and offer our support - and we are speaking to the platforms to request the video is taken down."

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