Gosh, free lunches for everyone in town? What could possibly go wrong
Well, a lot has gone wrong after GrubHub threw a big surprise at Crain’s by announcing that it would buy lunch for everyone in New York between 11am and 2pm yesterday.
Our moody social media manager evoked Milton Freedman even before all hell broke loose:
Reminder: there is no free lunch. https://t.co/yNuVNHYP4Y
– Streetsblog New York (@StreetsblogNYC) May 17, 2022
And then, indeed, all hell broke loose. This thread pretty much sums up the trick from a restaurant perspective:
So today, GrubHub offered $15 off orders from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in New York, resulting in thousands of customers ordering free meals within that time frame.
The question? They didn’t tell restaurants or delivery guys they were doing this.
— wells (oakland enby @ umsi in aug) (@WellsLucasSanto) May 17, 2022
Other outlets — BuzzFeed, Eater, Endgadget — covered the debacle. And in Hell Gate, Christopher Robbins was deliciously grumpy at the idea of ordering food on an app.
“Instead of saying ‘turkey sandwich’ to another human being and holding a hearty, tasty meal in your hands moments later, you are now adding an additional 300 steps to a problem this city was literally built to solve in five minutes,” he wrote. Robbins. . “I don’t want to put all Jane Jacobs on you, but this is stupid.”
Deliverista Gustavo Ajche showed how stupid he was:
crazy lunch shift many people ran out of their free lunch it’s 3:42 pm here there are many orders that are from 12 noon? pic.twitter.com/GblpT29Ue9
— gustavo ajche (@AjcheGustavo) May 17, 2022
And speaking of terrible websites, the Daily News has yet to exchange its exclusive with the husband of Tian-Rong Lin, the Queens woman who was fatally struck by a pickup truck driver. The story being promoted on the home page still, after three days of constant complaints from our old man, links to the original day’s squib, not the supposed exclusive. It’s become fun to make fun of the News website, so we’ll continue to do so until we finally get a chance to hear from the grieving husband.
In other news:
- We weren’t the only outlet to note that Mayor Adams didn’t talk much about speed cameras in Albany. The Post, Gothamist, and PoliticsNY reported that Adams focused primarily on schools.
- Mayor Adams’ choice to lead the Taxi and Limousine Commission is high on self-driving cars (NYDN). Be careful what you wish for, David Do, because the unintended consequence of self-driving cars stopping on a dime at the sight of a pedestrian is that streets are redesigned so pedestrians can’t slow down cars. He also called for the expansion of the Access-a-Ride (amNY) taxi program.
- The Post had more details about the pedestrian who was hit and killed by a Mercedes driver on Monday, including pictures showing the car with no front license plate, meaning it’s from out of state.
- The Port Authority will install two Oonee minis, one near the Midtown bus terminal that bears the agency’s name and the other, interestingly enough, on a small piece of land near the Holland Tunnel entrance on Canal Street, a notorious piece of infrastructure. cars so no one rides a bike. (I’m NY)
- The green space inside the Ford Foundation building, with spacious atriums, will reopen to the public on June 1. Worth a visit. (The New York City Times)