If you thought a hair in your food was bad, imagine how finding a condom in your meal would feel like.
An official with Tata Steel in Jamshedpur alleged on Saturday that she found a condom in her box of chilli paneer ordered from a city-based restaurant Dosa Hut via a newly-launched delivery startup, Gravycart.com.
The woman said she ordered ‘spring roll dosa’ and ‘chilli paneer’ and the delivery boy from Gravykart.com delivered the food around 9.30am.
“As soon as I opened the box of chilli paneer, what I found was disgusting, inhuman and horrendous – the packet had a condom inside,” she said.
The woman alleged when the delivery boy came back, he refused to take back the food, saying she ate from the packet.
“I had just opened the packet and there is no question of eating after I saw what it contained. He was trying to act innocent and blamed me for corrupting the food,” the woman said. She demanded the restaurant be delisted from the website.
But the owner of the restaurant Dosa Hut, Sudip Dutta, alleged the condom was deliberately put as a conspiracy and said the food was already half eaten when returned.
“Had it accidentally fallen, it should have been mixed and melted with the food. We serve it hot and it should have melted or at least lost its shape during the 30-40 minutes it took for delivery,” said Dutta.
Gravycart founder director Nitin Sharma told HT that the delivery boy was dismissed and the money returned to the woman.
This was the first complaint received since the startup was launched last December, he added.
“We don’t prepare the food or package it; we just deliver the orders booked through our website that has 20-23 reputed restaurants on the list. We have decided to put our seal on every food packet that can’t be opened without tearing the aluminum foil,” said Sharma.
He repeated the conspiracy charge and said the delivery boy denied any wrong doing. “We are clueless as to how a condom came into the packet. It seems like a conspiracy to malign our company,” he added.