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There's finally a way in to the trendy restaurant that's been booked for months, but it'll cost you. Reservation Hop is an app that makes restaurant reservations under false names and then sells them for $10 to $12. It's also at the center of a huge debate, with critics calling the app irresponsible, sleazy and worse. Reservation Hop is igniting outrage because the company is trying to make money off of something that's essentially free: making a dinner reservation. It’s not alone. San Francisco just successfully shut down Monkey Parking, which auctioned off vacant parking spaces to drivers willing to leave their on-street spots. Apps that charge for items that are open domain, or don't actually belong to anyone, are being called illegal, immoral and sleazy. Even Reservation Hop’s founder wrote that he’s “the most hated person in SF,” while defending the app and noting that it’s “made a soft pivot” to address industry concerns.
—By CNBC's Christina Medici Scolaro and Mark Berniker and NBC News staff