App That Lets You Order Food Before Arriving at Restaurant Is Everything That's Wrong With the World

wineYou know what I love? Going out to dinner. There's nothing more relaxing than a languid dinner full of wine, endless breadsticks, and good conversation, am I right? PayPal doesn't think so. The Internet payment company has now created a new app that allows people to order their food from their phone before they set foot in the restaurant.

Kind of gives new meaning to "dine and dash." And "this is why the world sucks."


I'm all for the conveniences that modern technology provides (checking in for a flight via iPhone? Yes, please.), but I'm sorry, this is flat-out ridiculous. If you have the time to go out for a bite to eat, are you really that pressed for time that you can't bother to order? No need to make every meal European-style, but sheesh, if you're not doing take-out, sit down and order, for god's sake. You have the time, trust me. And if you don't, you shouldn't be going out to eat.

Smartphones and social media and non-edible apps have definitely made us all more socially awkward, more introverted, and more depressed human beings. And stuff like this -- ordering via phone before you get to the restaurant -- is exactly why. Isn't looking over a menu in good company part of the fun of the restaurant experience? Saying "what are you going to get?" while you fill up on bread and booze? This ordering ahead for a non-take-out meal business? That's some bull shit there. I'm sure there are plenty of people who will disagree and love the idea of an order-ahead app. But not me.

Then again, I don't get out very often.

What do you think of this?

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