Reason 5 to live in Santo Domingo: (Delivery) Services
Thank you, dear Dominicans – Your laziness has opened up many new markets and jobs!
Dominicans tend to be…how should I express it best…not the most active, diligent and eager people. It’s very convenient, if someone else does something for you.
When industrialized nations try to lower their labour costs, you as a customer have to exert certain processes yourself. An outsourcing of service processes and shifting the responsibility to the customer makes you pay slightly less. As a matter of fact, I was quite surprised that someone is doing so much for me what I usually do myself. Regular customs in the Western culture of Central Europe and Northern America are maybe more the DIY-method in restaurants, gas stations, supermarkets, etc.
As a cultural aspect, customer is really king in the Dominican Republic and should not worry about anything during the visit. Compared to many 1st world countries, the Dominican Republic regards the service sector more important and creates more jobs. Some of the following things, I wasn’t used to from other countries:
- General / everywhere
- almost everywhere someone opens up the door…
- …and greets you
- parking aid (well, due to poor driving/parking behavior I guess)
- traffic warden for your parked car
- In supermarkets
- someone packs your shopping bag at the cash zone
- will be carried additionally to your car
- Dominicans leave their shopping cars abandoned before the waiting queue. Someone comes and picks it up to bring it back to the station
- Gas stations
- Petrol attendant helps you filling in gas
- He checks also oil, cleans your window, etc.
- You can pay with your CC without leaving the car
Whether you need simple convenience food, canisters of water, medicine, fast food or housewares. You can let them all deliver to your house. No matter in which floor you live – the delivery boy will come and deliver.
Unfortunately, this good supply of products via delivery services has participated to a true chaos in the city. At the same time, this is the biggest reason to leave Santo Domingo. Wanna know more? Click the link below and find out more!