We may be all-in on next-gen vending machines here at The Spoon, but does that mindset apply to those currently dispensing edible tarantula in a can? Read on to decide for yourself. Also, it’s another week another lawsuit for third-party food delivery services, this time in the booming online grocery sector.
Edible Insets Arrive in Japan’s Vending Machines
Japan, a country famous for its vending machine culture, has upped the ante recently by selling bugs out of these machines. Kotaku reports that, though still not terribly common, an increasing number of vending machines around the country now sell edible insects, from crickets to grasshoppers to (for the really adventurous soul) scorpion and tarantula.
Now DoorDash Isn’t Getting Sued for Price-Gouging
DoorDash was dropped from a recent lawsuit that alleges third-party food delivery services used the pandemic as an excuse to price-gouge homebound New Yorkers. Grubhub, Uber Eats, and Postmates are all named in the suit, too. The voluntary dismissal noted that consumers leading the suit “reserved the right to refile against DoorDash.”
Instacart Facing Lawsuit Over Service Fees
Grocery service Instacart faces a lawsuit alleging the company charged millions in “deceptive service fees” to customers and also failed to pay hundreds of thousands in sales tax. D.C. Customers were “tricked” into “believing they were tipping grocery delivery workers when, in fact, the company was charging them extra fees and pocketing the money,” said DC Attorney General Karl A. Racine, who filed the suit. Previously, Racine sued DoorDash over its former tipping policy for drivers.