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YouTuber successfully sells microwave meals via food delivery app

Published: 10/Sep/2019 19:43 Updated: 10/Sep/2019 20:10

by Michael Gwilliam

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YouTube star Josh Pieters hilariously exposed some issues with Deliveroo in a new video where he sold microwave meals to customers. 

Deliveroo is a UK-based online food service similar to that of UberEats where a restaurant will get an order and have it picked up by a driver to deliver to a customer. 

Normally there are legitimate restaurants on it, but as it turns out, just about anyone, including YouTubers with nearly one million subscribers can sell their products.

Josh Pieters/YouTubePieters set up a website for his “restaurant”.

“Would Deliveroo allow me to sell microwave meals on their app?” Pieters asked. “Probably not. You can’t just pretend your microwave is a restaurant, but if you did you’d need a name.”  (Timestamp 0:12 for mobile viewers)

And that’s all it took to get the ball rolling and the orders coming.

After setting up a restaurant called “The Italian Stallion” with a website and Instagram page to appear legitimate, Pieters and his friend Archie Manners were approved to start selling.

Even as they were waiting to get their “hygiene rating”, they were told they could operate as long as they put the application in. 

Josh Pieters/YouTubeThe fake restaurant was up and running on Deliveroo.

With that, people literally began ordering from “The Italian Stallion” restaurant, which was actually just Pieters’ kitchen and by kitchen, it was just his microwave. 

However, Pieters’ was not in the interest of scamming people. “We’re obviously selling microwavable meals at a premium price to people, so when a normal person orders food from us, we are going to put the amount of money they spent on their order back in the box in cash with a note explaining what we’re doing.” (Timestamp 6:57 for mobile viewers)

Eventually, after not having any orders, they decided to put on a sale and suddenly they started getting customers and made over 100 pounds proving that in fact you can put your microwave on Deliveroo as a restaurant. 

Speaking with Insider, the UK YouTuber said he didn’t intend to make an expose of the application. “Everything we said to Deliveroo was pretty much true. We didn’t lie about anything or make anything up,” he revealed. 

Josh Pieters/YouTubeThe “restaurant” was literally just a microwave.

“We said, ‘This is the address of our restaurant’ — I didn’t give them my flat number, I just gave the building as the address, which they seemed fine with.”

Considering how easy it was for Pieters to just open up a restaurant, it may make the company change how it handles applications and implement new procedures. 

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Mr Beast struggles through ridiculous 24-hour ice house challenge

Published: 30/Oct/2020 5:33 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 5:47

by Brad Norton

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Jimmy ‘Mr Beast’ Donaldson is no stranger to over the top challenges but his latest video was one of the most difficult he’s ever filmed, as he struggled to endure 24 hours in a house made completely of ice.

While Mr Beast loves to giveaway crazy prizes to competitors, friends, and even just strangers on the street, he also loves a good challenge. From 24 hours in a prison to surviving on a deserted island, the popular YouTuber has done just about everything.

Looking to push the boundaries even further, his latest task was to endure the freezing cold for a full day. It wasn’t just a cold room with the air conditioning cranked, it was an entire house made of ice. Brick by brick the structure fully was completely encased in ice to keep Mr Beast as cold as possible.

Everything from the chairs to the toilet was also frozen solid. Mere hours into the attempt it had quickly become “one of the harder challenges [he’s] ever done.”

Mr Beast Ice house challenge
YouTube: Mr Beast
A few hours into the challenge and Mr Beast had to start getting regular checks to ensure he wasn’t in proper danger.

So what was the motive to remain in the ice house? If Mr Beast survived all 24 hours, his closest friends would have to cover themselves “in syrup and feathers” in public. On the other hand, if he left early, the same punishment would be applied.

After a few hours of pacing back and forth to keep his body active, he bargained for a pair of gloves. A nearby crew member handed them over and agreed to a $10,000 deal to be Mr Beast’s “spy” throughout the challenge.

This was certainly one of the more unique challenges on the channel as the gimmick never let up. Mr Beast was even forced to eat a stack of pancakes with a fork made entirely of ice. At the 12 hour mark, he conceded that “it was brutal.”

“Literally the coldest I’ve ever been in my entire life,” he said after the fact. “I was miserable.” Despite the odds being stacked against him and his friends trying to make the challenge even harder, he pushed through to the very end.

Days after revealing his most expensive video ever, it turns out this rather simple challenge was quite costly as well. 

“This video cost me around $300,000 to make. For the price that it cost me to build an ice house, I could have bought a real house.”