I Ordered Plan B And A Bacon, Egg, And Cheese On Seamless – BuzzFeed News


1. Hi, I’m
Caroline and like any millennial New Yorker, I order food on
Seamless way
more often than I should.

Hi, I'm Caroline and like any millennial New Yorker, I order food on Seamless way more often than I should.

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Caroline Kee / Via BuzzFeed News

Don’t get me wrong, I can cook a mean bolognese — but on
nights when I’m too tired to cook or working late, I opt for
Seamless. (See evidence of me scarfing down veggie pad thai
on one of those nights, above.)

For those unfamiliar with this phenomenon, Seamless, which is
owned by GrubHub, is an
online delivery service that lets you order food from a ton
of nearby restaurants, either on its website or app.

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2. And in
some cities, like New York, Seamless even delivers from local
bodegas, where you can order grocery items like cereal or
toilet paper when you’re too lazy to leave your apartment.

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As the GIF above explains, a bodega is a cross between a deli
and a supermarket in one tiny shop — and there’s usually

a cat in there too (don’t hate
on the cats). They’re everywhere in the city, and they’re
usually open 24/7. Most New Yorkers remain loyal to one
bodega and claim the sandwiches are Michelin star–worthy, but
basically any bodega can suit your needs (whether those needs
are paper towels, tortilla chips, beer, etc.).

So the fact that our treasured bodegas deliver on Seamless is
so convenient it’s scary, especially if you’re on the app
while intoxicated (think: seven packs of Haribo gummy bears
and beef jerky at 4 a.m.).

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6. FYI:
Plan B One-Step, also known as the morning-after
pill, is a brand of emergency contraception that can be
used to prevent pregnancy up to 72 hours after unprotected
sex.

FYI: Plan B One-Step, also known as the morning-after pill, is a brand of emergency contraception that can be used to prevent pregnancy up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.

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Plan B One-Step is a single pill with a high dose of
levonorgestrel, the same progestin hormone used in many birth
control pills and the IUD. It mainly works
by preventing ovulation, but it may also work by
preventing the fertilization of an egg or preventing a
fertilized egg from implanting in the uterus. But it won’t
end an existing pregnancy. It can be taken up to 72 hours
after unprotected sex, but it’s more effective the sooner you
take it.

“Plan B One-Step is available nationwide over the counter at
over 38,000 retail stores including most pharmacy and grocery
stores,” Michelle Larkin, associate director of
communications at Teva Pharmaceuticals, told BuzzFeed Health
via email. “No prescription is required and there is no age
restriction to purchase Plan B.” (Previously, you needed to
be 18 and then 16 to purchase it with proof of age.)

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7. It turns
out there are actually three bodegas in New York City that
deliver Plan B through Seamless, and they all sell it for
$69.99 — about $20 more than the retail price at most
drugstores like CVS or Walgreens.

Other bodegas might sell the morning-after pill in store, but
after doing a citywide search on Seamless, these were the
only three that listed it in their inventories:

East Village Farm & Grocery

Corner Grocer

Greenstar Foods

“The price of Plan B One-Step to wholesale and retail outlets
has not increased since 2008,” said Larkin. “But retailers
set their own price and thus the price may vary across
retailers.” Good to know.

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8. So,
while $69 is pretty steep, it also buys you a convenient,
discrete delivery.

So, while $69 is pretty steep, it also buys you a convenient, discrete delivery.

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Although Plan B is sold without a prescription over the
counter, many stores still keep it physically behind the
counter to prevent theft, since it’s pretty expensive. So
this means you still have to ask for it, and that extra layer
of human interaction can be really inconvenient and awkward
for some people, especially in more conservative regions
where there might be a taboo or stigma.

And when you’re worried about being at risk for unintended
pregnancy, the last thing you want to deal with is some
judgmental cashier.

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10. So on
Saturday morning, I ordered a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich
with a side of Plan B. And Gatorade.

So on Saturday morning, I ordered a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich with a side of Plan B. And Gatorade.

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Caroline Kee / Via BuzzFeed

Conveniently, I had actually been out the night before and
had a few too many whiskeys, so the idea of ordering
breakfast in bed was a no-brainer.

I got a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich with avocado and a
blue Gatorade (the best kind) along with my Plan B. Once I
clicked Place order, all I had to do was read the
morning news and wait.

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14. The
owners explained that Plan B costs more at the bodegas
because it’s more expensive for them to buy, unlike big chain
drugstores who can purchase the drug cheaper when buying
wholesale.

The owners explained that Plan B costs more at the bodegas because it's more expensive for them to buy, unlike big chain drugstores who can purchase the drug cheaper when buying wholesale.

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They told me that the drug costs the same whether you buy it
in the store or through Seamless, as the products and prices
are transferred to the app directly from their inventory. So
there’s no “marking up” on Seamless, they said.

“It is a very expensive product for us to stock,” one bodega
owner said. Since they serve a much smaller number of
customers than big chain stores, buying a large quantity at a
wholesale price doesn’t make much sense, especially since it
has to be thrown out if it doesn’t sell before it expires.

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15. Despite
the cost, they said Plan B has been a popular Seamless
delivery. “It’s about necessity… if the drugstore is too far
away or closes at midnight or runs out of Plan B, we can
still deliver the product to you,” one owner said.

Despite the cost, they said Plan B has been a popular Seamless delivery. "It's about necessity... if the drugstore is too far away or closes at midnight or runs out of Plan B, we can still deliver the product to you," one owner said.

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Especially given the time-sensitive nature of the product, I
found that getting it delivered to my door would have saved
me a ton of time and hassle if this were truly an emergency.
And bodegas in New York City (like the one pictured above)
tend to stay open no matter what, even if it’s a literal
blizzard outside.

“It’s more popular online than it is in store, which is
interesting because we started stocking it for our customers
who asked for it in person, but we make many deliveries,” one
owner said.

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16. “It
gives customers the choice to order it discreetly, which is
important because, while some women have no issue asking for
it in person, some may feel embarrassed or even shameful for
different reasons,” another bodega owner said.

"It gives customers the choice to order it discreetly, which is important because, while some women have no issue asking for it in person, some may feel embarrassed or even shameful for different reasons," another bodega owner said.

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It makes sense that this might give customers an “added layer
of anonymity,” as one bodega owner called it, to a
transaction that can otherwise be a bit uncomfortable.

For what it’s worth, I also searched for Plan B in any of the
other cities where Seamless operates, and found it available
in Washington, DC, Chicago, and Austin. Interestingly, all of
these cities offered it from the same chain store, called
GoPuff, an online delivery
service that stocks popular snacks and other grocery items at
a centrally located operation center in a city.

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17. So, in
conclusion: if you’re willing to pay an extra $20, ordering
Plan B on Seamless is convenient, discreet, and (mostly)
ensures zero awkward employee interactions or surprise
run-ins with neighbors or friends.

So, in conclusion: if you're willing to pay an extra $20, ordering Plan B on Seamless is convenient, discreet, and (mostly) ensures zero awkward employee interactions or surprise run-ins with neighbors or friends.

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Caroline Kee / Via BuzzFeed News

Of course, all of this is only possible if you live somewhere
that a) uses Seamless, and b) has grocery stores or bodegas
that both deliver and stock Plan B. I can confirm that
it really was as easy as ordering pad thai.

And while this level of accessibility might be great for some
NYC residents, many of us already have the luxury of finding
emergency contraception pretty easily in nearby pharmacies.
This kind of app-to-door delivery would be even more exciting
if it helped to serve a community with limited access to
contraception. So, all technical details and cost aside, this
seems like a really cool trend and an interesting glimpse
into what contraceptive access might look like in the future.

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