THE new “designated drinker” service rolled out by eDaijia, an app company originally known for its designated driver service, has been taken offline less than a fortnight after its launch at the end of December, according to sznews.com.
The new service launched by the app company provides a platform through which users can hail “three-bottle men,” who can drink a lot, to help them drink alcohol. Currently, the service is only available in Shenzhen and 35 other cities in China.
The service has been taken offline on the eDaijia app and on WeChat as well. Customer service personnel responded that the new service is still undergoing tests and the date of the re-launch is yet to be announced.
According to the previous report, the operation of the new service is similar to other online hailing services. Users can enter the interface on their phone by clicking the “eDaihe” button on the eDaijia app. “Daihe” literally means “drink in place of others” in Chinese.
Users then need to enter the type of alcohol and the amount they want the others to drink for them. With the GPS location function, the app automatically matches the nearest available designated drinkers with the user and shares the drinkers’ contact.
The app’s customer service said that they only provide the matching service and it’s totally up to the drinkers whether they are willing to drink for the users.
Residents hold differing views about the designated drinker service. Some think there is a market demand and many feel relieved that they could pay someone to drink for them without embarrassing the people who urge them to drink out of hospitality.
However, some other residents think that the issue of responsibility is vague as no one can guarantee the drinkers’ health condition after drinking a certain amount of alcohol.
The app company said that eDaihe only functions as a platform for communication and takes no responsibility if anything goes wrong. Lawyers clarified that the app’s sole service is communication, but said the company could not avoid responsibility if anything illegal were to take place.