Domino’s Pizza India slammed over driver’s flood delivery as COVID-19 cases pass 24 million
A worker in India has earned legend status and is a candidate for the most dedicated delivery driver in the world after a picture of him wading through deep floods was posted online.
Fast food giant Domino’s Pizza India took to Twitter to share a photo of their “soldier” in knee deep water, having just made a successful delivery under awful circumstances.
“A soldier is never off duty! Ours come in blue and deliver hot, fresh and safe meals powering through the rains of Kolkata!” they captioned their tweet.
“We salute the service of our Domino’s Food Soldier, Mr Shovon Ghosh, who ensured that our stranded customer received their food even in such adverse conditions!”
But what was meant to be a glowing post about the devotion of their worker was quickly slammed as tone-deaf.
“Good for the brand ... but bad for the delivery man called Dominos Food Soldier being in such a bad, hazardous environment,” one Twitter user replied.
“We respect the man, not Domino’s. And please be considerate while ordering. The delivery man’s safety is more important than craving pizza.”
Another slammed the pizza giant, saying “the fact that Mr Ghosh felt the need to deliver your products in such horrifying and unsafe conditions speaks volumes about what you put your employees through, if they fail to do their jobs, irrespective of the situation. This is heartbreaking.”
It comes after the region was lashed by thunder and heavy rain which flooded the region earlier this week. Three people were killed, including a farmer working the fields during a lightnings strike.
Meanwhile India has reported 343,144 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, taking its overall caseload past the 24 million mark, while deaths from COVID-19 rose by 4,000.
The South Asian nation has added nearly 1.4 million cases and over 16,000 deaths this week.
Its total caseload stands at 24.05 million while total fatalities are at 262,317, according to health ministry data on Friday.
A second Australian flight carrying ventilators, oxygen and other essential medical supplies has departed Darwin for India.
My team has worked hard across India to get them bookings on this flight because they are vulnerable.
It comes as it was revealed dozens of Australians won’t be returning home on the first post-pause flight out of India after they tested positive to COVID-19.
It is understood 40 people tested positive before boarding the flight which is due into Darwin on Saturday morning.
Thirty close contacts of the passengers have also been barred from boarding.
Australia’s High Commissioner to India Barry O’Farrell is disappointed those who tested positive won’t be able to get on the flight.
“My team has worked hard across India to get them bookings on this flight because they are vulnerable,” he told the ABC.
“Regrettably those people will have to return home and deal with the COVID that they have, or continue to isolate to prove that they don’t have COVID.
“Until such time that they test negative they won’t be able to fly on one of these facilitated flights.”
The suspension of flights from India ends at midnight on Friday.
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