Uber Eats boss told to “start paying taxes” and “minimum wage” in Twitter spat with Just Eat

Just Eat’s founder has told Uber Eats’ boss to “start paying taxes” in a row between the two takeaway bosses on Twitter ahead of Uber Eats’ launch in Germany.

Just Eat’s shares fell three per cent yesterday resulting in its chief executive Jitse Groen accusing Uber Eats chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi of “trying to depress” its share price.

 

Khosrowshahi responded by saying: “Advice: pay a little less attention to your short term stock price and more attention to your Tech and Ops.”

In response Groen said: “Thank you for the advice, and then if I may . . . start paying taxes, minimum wage and social security premiums before giving a founder advice on how he should run his business.”

The Twitter spat has come as a result of Uber’s move into Germany, one of Just Eat’s biggest markets.

Uber said in a statement: “We believe there is strong demand for more food delivery services and a more competitive market.”

READ MORE: Uber Eats looks to take a bite out of JustEat’s German monopoly

Uber Eats will launch its service in Berlin within the next few weeks while contracting out its delivery riders to third party fleet management companies.

The food delivery market has heated up during the pandemic and become one of Uber’s “fastest-growing sectors” in the UK, according to a trading update for the first quarter of 2021.

Over 250,000 new restaurants signed up to the app over the last year, as well as the company announcing partnerships with grocers such as Asda and Sainsbury’s.

Sainsbury’s last week announced an extension to its partnership with Uber Eats to 100 stores.

“We welcome competition” Groen responded when asked another question on Twitter yesterday about whether Uber’s expansion into Germany would impact the company.

The two takeaway companies look to be battling it out for the top spot for market gains as rival Deliveroo’s disappointing IPO continues to affect its stock price.

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