Expectant parents expect others to cook for them and create social media uproar
A young couple who soon has a baby asks neighbors to provide them with meals. The high demands of the two make social media users angry.
Jim Burns and his wife Alex have garnered the wrath of the net community. The couple from Fishtown in Philadelphia is expecting their first child by the end of April. A few days ago, they asked their neighbors via a crowdsourced website to cook for them in this new phase of their lives and help them with household chores.
Jim and Alex recently posted an ad on “Meal Train”, a social media network that allows friends, neighbors, and relatives to donate meals to people in need. Helpful people cook dishes especially for those who need to recover from surgery, illness or the birth of a baby. The concept is simple, but it has two clear rules: Nobody posts an ad for themselves, and there really has to be a valid reason.
From salmon to lamb stews
The couple apparently did not understand the concept of “Meal Train” – and made high demands on their posting: For example, they posted a list of over 30 fancy dishes that they would like to eat. They expect, for example, “Freezer-friendly homemade burritos”, “Salmon sweet potatoe cakes” or “Lamb meatball stew with orzo”. But that’s not all, the expectant parents who are in their 30s also want their neighbors to supply them with “dark chocolate with 70 percent cocoa” or “fresh organic fruit”. In addition: They do not want to be disturbed. The free food should be placed in a cooler provided in the yard.
User Jack Jokinen’s exploded when he read the couples wishlist. In his tweets he says that, according to him this is the most millennial-sounding phrase he has ever read in his life. In fact, behind the ad were people who expect strangers to cook, vacuum, or wash their plates for them. “If I don’t egg their house, I deserve an award,” says Jokinen in one of his tweets.
The week I got a thing in my mailbox to join a social network @Nextdoor. People in my neighborhood can alert each other about crime and stuff like that. Great idea! But today someone posted the most ridiculous thing ever (1/?)
The net is boiling with anger
The reactions to his tweet were fierce. “I have stage 4 cancer and live alone, and I wouldn’t expect or ask strangers to do ANY of this for me. These people are DERANGED”, commented User Phyllis the post. “My mother raised 10 children alone, my father was an alcoholic. She never asked for help. This ad makes me angry, “writes a user named Coffeedude.
“Jim, if you have time to post a list of 30 recipes, then you can also cook something,” suggests a user. Another user asks if it might not be a good idea to order take-away. For user Marisa Reinoso, the whole thing is simply “a fascinating social experiment”.
@JJFromTheBronx Those recipes sound delicious.. for responsible parents to cook in advance of the child being born, and then frozen so that strangers don’t have to bring you food.
@JJFromTheBronx I don’t know why but him posting the exact percentage of dark chocolate (70%) is what really threw me over the edge
After the review flood, the couple deleted the ad and disabled their account on Meal Train.
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