Where does Just Eat think I am?

There are a number of on-line takeaway ‘aggregators’.  Well, takeaway or deliveryers. We regularly use Hungry House and Just East as two examples. There are probably others.

The concept is simple. You go on-line, pick a takeaway, electronically order from it, paying by card, and then the takeaway delivers.  Takeaways just sign-up to the Hungry House or Just Eat service, and get a little machine that looks a lot like a credit card machine, onto which your order prints. They press a button to indicate how long it’ll take to deliver, cook it, pack it, and then send it to you via a little man in a car. Or a big man.

This all means that as more and more takeaways sign up to be part of the service, you don’t have to do anything stressful, like getting out of bed, to organise a full variety of different piping hot takeaway stuff right to your front door.

So, Just Eat has an app, of course.  This makes the oh-so-yummy takeaways even easier to order from.  One of the things you can do with the app is click for a map to show you exactly where each one is.  I’m guessing this is in case you are mental and decide to put clothes on, get in the car, drive to the takeaway, pick up your food, drive home, get out of the car, get undressed and back into bed, rather than have a little (or big) man deliver it.

The other night I played with this as I was trying to read the feedback about Rafty. Feedback, similar to on eBay, is an essential way of discovering the takeaway’s track record when it comes to death and or extreme illness from food poisoning. But I ended up on when I’d assumed was a streetmap showing where Rafty is.

As you can see, it appeared to assume I was possibly thousands of miles from the takeaway.  Indeed, I couldn’t actually find where it thought I was. However, I am delighted to note that Rafty is somewhere in the United Kingdom.

I wonder how long it’ll take for the pizza to get to me over here in Kazakhstan, or if I’ll need to microwave it up when it arrives.