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On delivery riders

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17.09.2020
By Park Moo-jong

The door-to-door delivery business is flourishing thanks to the stubborn COVID-19 pandemic. The boom naturally causes the shortage of motorbike-riding delivery persons.

All the food delivery platforms, either small or big, are all out to secure riders with the number of orders increasing sharply as social distancing measures have continued to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The rush of the riders in this time of unemployment, however, is adding fuel to the already serious traffic problems caused by motorcycle delivery rider, often dubbed, "street outlaws."

The outlaws of today in Seoul reminded me of the 1969 U.S. film "Easy Rider," featuring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper who travel on Harley-Davidson choppers to the rock beat of Steppenwolf's "Born to Be Wild," carrying the proceeds from a cocaine deal.

As if born to be wild, the two riders search for freedom ― or the illusion of freedom ― on their motorbikes in the midst of paranoia, bigotry and violence, exploring the societal landscape, issues and tensions in the United States during the 1960s, such as the rise of the hippie movement, drug use and communal lifestyle.

Half a century later, our riders on their........

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