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Lizzo Is Sorry She Called Out a Postmates Delivery Person on Twitter

Plus, Ikea makes an ill-informed attempt at Caribbean food, and more news to start your day

Lizzo In Concert in Charlotte, NC. Jeff Hahne/Getty Images

She was left waiting too long for her juice

2019 icon Lizzo provided the world with this week’s cautionary tale about social media: The musician went on Twitter to accuse a Postmates employee independent contractor of stealing or failing to deliver food she had ordered. In fact, the delivery driver had showed up, waited the usual five minutes, then left when Lizzo didn’t respond.

This prompted some justified backlash. Of course, Lizzo was wrong, but also, it’s just not very becoming to take down a likely underpaid, overworked subject of the gig economy in front of nearly one million followers (Lizzo posted the name and image of the worker in the now-deleted tweet). But, happy ending: Lizzo apologized, and it seems like she grasped the problem fairly well: no cancellation required.

And in other news...

  • Food & Wine has hired former Thrillist senior food editor Khushbu Shah as its restaurant editor. [NYT]
  • As common sense would dictate, buying jerk chicken from Ikea (after British stores added it to the menu) is probably a bad idea. [The Independent]
  • A new Baltimore restaurant is under fire for its lengthy dress code, which could be seen as laying the groundwork for denying black customers service. [Baltimore Sun]
  • New York City public schools are still serving chocolate milk to over one million kids a day in spite of well documented health problems linked to it. Surprise: the dairy lobby is apparently to blame. [NYC Food Policy]
  • The Trump administration has loosened rules around inspections of pork slaughterhouses, which critics say could endanger both workers and the broader food supply. [NBC]
  • ABC is developing a drama set in a family-owned Harlem restaurant, with former Scandal producer Zahir McGee as its writer, and chef Marcus Samuelsson
  • The Rugby World Cup is about to descend on Japan, and the country’s bars are bracing for hordes of drunk Australian, English, and Irish customers. [Bloomberg]
  • Over at the Times, Caity Weaver visited the HQ of the company that owns mall chains like Auntie Anne’s and Cinnabon. The building features the words “creamy frosting” suspended from the ceiling near its main entrance, in case you were wondering. [NYT]
  • This woman has taken an annual photo with a tub of cottage cheese that has been left in her office refrigerator for seven years. [Bored Panda]
  • The kids are all right. [Twitter]