Two ex-Googlers feel the internet’s wrath for threatening bodegas, iPhone X and all its memes do not disappoint, an inclusive fashion week show makes headlines (with a little help from SNL’s Leslie Jones), and more stories you do not want to miss this week!
The Internet Bands Together For Bodegas
It could have been the implied desire to make beloved mom and pop shops “a thing of the past.” It could have been co-opting the name “Bodega,” or the added insult of using a bodega cat logo—a nod to the kitties that “notoriously lounge” at the same stores under threat. Most likely, all these and more were to blame for the fury directed at two ex-Googlers and their startup this week. Recently profiled by Fast Company, Bodega places customizable pantry boxes into apartment buildings, dorms, gyms, etc., providing food items and household goods. The startup’s vision and arguably culturally insensitive name set off a huge, angry, and viral response, as evidenced by one tweet with over 11,000 likes: “Wealthy tech bros are so uncomfortable interacting w working class POC that they think a glorified vending machine is better than a bodega.” The founders have since apologized, stating, “Challenging the urban corner store is not and has never been our goal.”
A poorly-executed pizza party is going viral for being the “Fyre Festival of NYC food events.” The infamous Fyre Fest dominated headlines last spring for being a scam that “delivered disaster relief tents and slices of cheese” instead of promised luxury accommodations and celebrity-chef cooked meals—and according to attendees, the New York City Pizza Festival was not much different. Pizza-loving guests spent $75 on tickets for an event that promoted “a day long celebration of the dough, cheese, tasty sauces and delicious toppings,” but when they arrived they found an almost empty parking lot and “tiny little slivers” of delivered pizza. Festival-goers have since put together a Facebook group, and the backlash has led the New York attorney general to open an inquiry for the event. In other bad pizza news, a Pizza Hut in Florida has also gone viral for a memo threatening to punish employees that attempted to evacuate early from Hurricane Irma.
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