Twenty-seven-year-old Kris Ruby lost her credit card, so she borrowed her father’s for the week. She charged $225 worth of sushi and superfood salads in the seven days she was using her dad’s card. Understandably, her pops was like, WTF?
“Dad was like, ‘What are all these charges for Seamless?’ ” Ruby tells the New York Post.
Ordering via the Seamless app almost every night costs Ruby $900 a month, and almost $11,000 a year. The Post points out that same amount would get you roughly 4,720 slices of pizza. Ruby tells the Post,
New Yorkers ate 58% of meals from restaurants and takeout in 2013, according to this Zagat Survey—which is a big jump from 49% in 2012, and way higher than the national average of 47%.
Kris Ruby owns her own PR firm, lives on Wall Street, and will appear on an upcoming Bravo reality show. (Photo: Bravo)
Jason Saltzman, founder of AlleyNYC, says he’s never home so he has to order delivery to work. By his calculations, 36-year-old Saltzman says he drops about $1,800 a month to eat take out food—which is higher than some people’s rent.
Then there’s Postmates, which is basically hiring a normal person to deliver anything you want to your door, and Caviar, which is just like Seamless but for people who can drop mad cash on delivery from Prime Meats, Osteria Morini, and Ma Peche.
There really is a delivery service for everyone—everyone who has hundreds and even thousands of dollars to drop on delivery each year, that is.
It’s no secret that New Yorkers are addicted to delivery. Many have never even turned on their stove; for them, the kitchen is nothing more than a place to make morning smoothies in the Vitamix and store booze.
What is the environmental impact of all those Seamless delivery orders and little plastic containers filled with spicy mayo and wasabi? Who knows.