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'Bodega' Startup Faces Social Media Backlash

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News video: 'Bodega' Startup Faces Social Media BacklashCritics argue the "Bodega" startup could force real bodegas out of business.

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'Bodega' Startup Faces Social Media Backlash

In just one day, this "pantry box" company seems to have become the country's most hated startup. "Bodega," an  automated retail box , uses cameras and an app to record and charge customers for purchases.

The company plans to take on traditional convenience stores and set up shop near offices, apartments, gyms and college campuses.

Two  ex-Google employees  developed the service and unveiled it on Wednesday.

Within hours, it garnered criticism and anger on social media.

Critics railed  against the "glorified vending machine" for its potential to undercut actual bodegas and gentrify neighborhoods.

Defenders of the physical stores argue bodegas are about community as much as convenience.

SEE MORE: A Puerto Rican Neighborhood Found A Way To Avoid Gentrification In regards to the cultural value of bodegas, the businesses  are closely associated  with immigrants and first-generation Americans.

Some say bodegas allow those families and communities to thrive.

The company founders  addressed the concerns  in a blog post, saying they don't intend to put corner stores out of business.

Elaborating on that point, they wrote that corner stores "offer an integral human connection to their patrons that our automated storefronts never will." But  real bodegas are struggling  due to the rise of chain stores and rising rent.  The  New York Times reported  about 75 stores closed in New York City between January and August 2015, most of them in lower-income areas.

Would Bodega worsen that problem?

Probably not.  The Verge notes  that if the company just marketed itself as a vending machine competitor, it might have avoided backlash.

Even beyond the outcry, critics still argue the service is unnecessary, overcomplicated and out-of-touch.  Engadget compared  Bodega to Juicero, a startup selling  $700 juicers  that "juiced" bags of juice.

That company shut down earlier this month.

Bodega, in the meantime, is still  running in the San Francisco area  with plans to expand. 

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