It all started with a request to buy a penguin from the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington.
The requestor was Zoë Quinn. Zoe is a video game developer. Video game development is undoubtedly a highly competitive field. Therefore, it can be assumed that creativity is greatly rewarded. This will come in handy later as you shall see.
Zoe needed a delivery company to handle her request. She opted to use Postmates. They, however, did not take too kindly to her request and suspended her account.
Zoë did not take too kindly to finding herself still unable to access her Postmates account sometime after the incident. She posted the following tweet and went on to enact sweet creative revenge via another online app, TaskRabbit.
She requested via TaskRabbit, a Safeway cake with a picture of a penguin and a special message - "unban me you cowards."
The delivery instructions were just as creative. Aaron, the TaskRabbit helper, who received her task received the following instructions. "Then deliver it to the reception of the Postmates office," "If they ask who it's for, just narrow your eyes and say 'you know what you did' and leave."
$29.99 later, a cake where the picture of a penguin was suppose to be, unfortunately, was replaced by yellow flowers was delivered to Postmates.
How did Postmates respond? See the tweet below.
It is unclear why Zoë wanted a penguin but Woodland Park Zoo received $100 from Zoë in appreciation.
Postmates is a logistics company the manages an expansive network of couriers all over the country. They have been around since 2011. Sam Street, Sean Plaice, and Bastian Lehmann are its co-founders.