Pennsylvania Assistant District Attorney Demoted for Making DoorDash Deliveries During Work Hours
It's not at all unusual for gig-economy workers to have multiple jobs, or to be driving for DoorDash or UberEats after they clock out at their regular 9-to-5s. Whether or not that should be normalized is a conversation for another day. What's slightly less normal is the revelation that an assistant District Attorney in Bucks County, Pennsylvania has spent the past several months making DoorDash deliveries—sometimes when he was supposed to be working for the county.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, someone recognized First Assistant District Attorney Gregg Shore when he delivered a food order and reported him to Bucks County District Attorney Matt Weintraub. The DA asked Shore whether that was really him, and he admitted that yes, he had made deliveries during regular business hours.
In an interview with CBS3, Shore said that he was "ashamed [and] embarrassed" by his actions. "Due to my personal circumstances, there were times that I worked a second job delivering food during the COVID pandemic," he said. "I primarily worked the job at night and on weekends. However, I made the incredibly poor decision to deliver during the workday at times."
As a result, Shore has been demoted from assistant DA to deputy, and he has cashed in his vacation time to make up for the hours he spent making food deliveries between October and February. Shore's salary—reported by the Inquirer as $129,474 per year—will be cut by $22,000 as well.
"What he's done is indefensible, thoughtless, selfish, and so stupid," Weintraub told CBS3. "It makes no sense [...] I don't know why he did this, but I am so angry and upset. It shows a lack of leadership and is the reason I have decided to demote him."
Despite Weintraub's harsh words, the Bucks County Courier Times reported that the past year hasn't exactly been a normal one for the court system. The county has been "under a judicial emergency," so no criminal trials have been held and "very few" hearings have taken place. There were also times when all county employees were allowed to work remotely—but apparently "working remotely" does not mean "logging off for a couple of hours to deliver somebody's burger order." Weintraub has since promoted another attorney to assistant D.A., effective immediately.