How to ghost Grubhub and order your restaurant takeout ethically

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Illustration by Angie Wang

Online food delivery services can often provide a valuable service, especially when you plan to order ahead, put in a larger order, have specific dietary requests, are unable to pick up an order, or can only pay with a credit card. For restaurants, it can also be helpful to receive electronic orders rather than take them over the phone during rush hours. (Disclosure: my parents own a small restaurant business and are listed on Grubhub / Seamless, so I am familiar with the way the relationship works.)

However, a recent report revealed that Grubhub, which owns food delivery services like Seamless, Eat24, MenuPages, and AllMenus, has been buying domain names to set up dummy websites that resemble local businesses in an alleged effort to…

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