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YouTuber Pranks Food Delivery App By Selling Microwave Meals To Customers
By Izza Sofia, 13 Sep 2019
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A YouTuber has successfully tricked a food delivery app into letting him serve microwave meals to customers.
YouTuber Josh Pieters, known for his pranks, launched a fake Italian restaurant through UK-based delivery app Deliveroo.
“Would Deliveroo allow me to sell microwave meals?” he questioned, so he got to testing the idea out.
His video shows his team setting up a restaurant called “The Italian Stallion,” and then creating a website with a downloaded photo of television personality Gemma Collins as the eatery’s supposed head chef.
They also left a few hints in their self-taken product photos, including AirPods disguised as feta cheese.
In the video, Pieters also mentioned that he called Deliveroo to enquire about a hygiene inspection, but a representative told him that he could just operate the business without being issued a hygiene rating.
After “The Italian Stallion” went live on the app, orders began pouring in when Pieters applied a 40-percent discount to the meals.
He and his friend Archie Manners then repeatedly visited the nearby supermarket Waitrose to purchase microwavable food ordered by customers, and then heated up the meals and brought them to delivery personnel.
They made over £100 (US$124.05) in total but gave all the money back to the customers, adding a note in their meals that it was a prank.
Pieters also highlighted in his experiment that he only set out to take advantage of the loopholes in the app instead of exposing Deliveroo to the public.
He hasn’t heard a response from Deliveroo yet, except from customers telling him that the food was amazing.
Check out the prank in the video below.
[via Insider, TIME opening image via Shutterstock]
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