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Anonymous asked in Dining OutFast Food · 1 month ago

Is this unethical food ordering and will my account be canceled?

I keep getting great food discount offers (50% off or more) from apps like Uber Eats, Grubhub, etc. The problem is they have to be delivered (no pickup) and I live in a non-delivery area. So when I place orders I just randomly choose an address that's close to the restaurant and wait in my car for the delivery driver.

So is this unethical?

7 Answers

  • 2 weeks ago


  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Hey, whatever works!

  • 1 month ago

    This is as ethical as GH or UE hijacking a restaurant's menu and pretending they don't take pickup orders.  A lot of places don't want to pay the excessive service fees they charge.  GH will post a menu anyways, take orders, call them in, pick them up, deliver them and add 19% to the tab on top of an excessive delivery fee.  I've found they've done this for some of my favorite local places as well as the place I work that was closed for several months.  It's not obvious until you get to the payment page.

    Next time, call the restaurant directly and ask if they take pick up orders because GH says they don't.  That 50% discount is a scam.

  • 1 month ago

    I don't think it is unethical and if the driver doesn't have a problem and you are always paying for and getting your food then all is good. Just keep in mind that if you aren't getting 50% off, then the prices might be cheaper at the restaurant. Those services raise prices over what the restaurant charges and also pay the restaurants less. So if this is a local restaurant, you might want to see if you are really saving that much money by using these apps.

    Domino's actually has a feature called "hot spot" which are designated places like a park or the beach or something, so you don't need to have food delivered to an address. 

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  • 1 month ago

    No, that isn't unethical if you wear a mask when meeting the driver.

  • kswck2
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    No, but if you are going close To the restaurant, just pick it up there. 

  • 1 month ago

    Not really.

    You are going to one of their deliverable locations and meeting the delivery person. 

    The only bit which is questionable is giving a false address as that’s potentially dishonest. Most food delivery services will deliver to parked vehicles; I’ve done it myself plenty of times when I’m on a shift-break in a location where there’s no obvious food outlets. If necessary I give the nearest address and make clear in the delivery notes that I’m in my bus outside. If the address box allows it I also make it clear such as “32 Blags Road (RED BUS OUTSIDE)”.

    As long as you consistently meet your delivery partner and cause no problems then “no harm, no foul”.

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