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A tale of 31 burgers: “Apparently my 2-year-old knows how to order DoorDash”

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Kelsey Golden was playing with her 2-year-old son, Barrett, on her porch last week when a DoorDash driver pulled into the driveway.

The delivery girl got out of the car and held up a large paper bag.

“Your 31 cheeseburgers? she asked.

Golden, 36, said she was sure the driver had gone to the wrong house.

“I looked at her for a few seconds and said, ‘Um, I don’t think that’s for me,'” she recalled.

Then she looked carefully at the receipt. It had his name and address on it.

That’s when she realized her toddler had used her cell phone to mistakenly order a delivery of 31 cheeseburgers from McDonald’s on Highway 77 in Kingsville, Texas, about six miles from At her place.

The cheeseburgers cost $61.58, but the total was $91.58 after the app fee and a $16 tip.

“And he doesn’t even like cheeseburgers!” said Golden. “Barrett prefers Chicken McNuggets.”

Less than an hour earlier, her son was playing with his cellphone — she sometimes lets him play with the camera app when she’s working on her computer, Golden said.

Instead of snapping photos and laughing at his reflection like he usually does, Barrett had called up his DoorDash app and accidentally placed a delivery order.

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DoorDash doesn’t require secondary security checks or facial recognition to place an order if you’re logged into the app, she said.

Golden said she received a text message from DoorDash before the driver showed up that afternoon of May 16.

“They said it was going to take a little longer to get me to place my order, and I was confused,” said Golden, who works as an enrollment assistant at the private school attended by her other children, Grayson. 6 and TJ, 5.

When the driver showed up, everything became clear. But as Golden looked into the brown bag, she realized she had a problem: What to do with 31 cheeseburgers?

“We actually had 30 and a half,” she said. “Even though Barrett doesn’t like cheeseburgers, he ate half of them.”

She decided to put a notice on her Facebook page and on Kingsville Community Help’s private Facebook page.

“Attention KINGSVILLE/Ricardo Community, I have 31 free cheeseburgers from McDonald’s,” she posted. “Apparently my 2 year old knows how to order doordash. Send me a message if you are interested.

Golden said two people quickly came: a pregnant woman who wanted six burgers (“Who am I to judge?” Golden said) and a mother with a large family who took 18. She gave the rest to the neighbors.

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She said she laughed all afternoon about the confusion and reassured herself that Barrett wasn’t the only one putting a family in this kind of situation. Other high-profile stray orders were made by a 6-year-old from Utah who bought $350 worth of Barbies on Amazon in 2018 and a toddler from New Jersey who went on a $1,800 shopping spree. at Walmart earlier this year.

“It was just an innocent fluke while he was messing around with my phone,” Golden said.

In a written statement to The Washington Post, DoorDash said there are ways for parents to create safeguards on the app.

“A customer can always log out of their DoorDash app after each use to request authentication upon login,” a company spokesperson wrote. “Customers [also] have a short grace period after ordering where they can cancel their order for a full refund if the merchant hasn’t started preparing their food yet.

Golden said it was his fault for not locking his phone.

“I’m not mad at anyone – we had fun with it,” she said.

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When the Corpus Christi, Texas newspaper wrote about her son’s big cheeseburger order, she posted a comment with a face palm emoji on Facebook: “That’s nice. I always wanted to go viral for a giant mom fail.

Golden said her husband, Tray Golden, has always been private, so she had to gently announce that she and Barrett were trending on Google.

“I was like, ‘Guess what happened today – you’re not going to believe it,'” she said. “I never imagined it would attract attention beyond my own family and friends.”

Some people laugh with her about the wrong order, but she’s also received a barrage of critical comments online questioning her parenthood. To address this problem, Golden posted a satirical video on YouTube which she titled “That Awful Cheeseburger Mom”.

“I’m really worried about this mom,” she said, looking at the camera, spoofing people who criticize her. “Because if she doesn’t control her child, her child will end up jumping in a cage at the zoo – with a polar bear.”

Golden said posting the video made her feel better and let her critics know she was taking the cheeseburger capers in stride.

McDonald’s staff heard what happened and invited Golden and Barrett to the restaurant on May 20. They decorated the place with balloons and threw a Happy Meal for Barrett.

“It’s such a funny story – everyone just wanted to meet [Barrett] and say hello,” said Glenn Orr, department manager at Highway 77 McDonald’s.

Golden said Barrett was unimpressed with the attention and was happy to come home and play with his toy trucks.

“When he’s old enough to understand, I’ll make sure to tell him everything,” she said. “I’m going to show him the pictures and say, ‘Do you remember that time you ordered 31 cheeseburgers and you were on national television?’

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