The company expressed its "strong dissatisfaction" in a statement yesterday, 11 March. <small> Cover image via Twitter @HishamFageeh </small>
A Saudi Arabian oil and gas giant has recently come under fire for dressing a worker as a human hand sanitiser
Twitter photos of the man went viral on Tuesday, 10 March, which showed the man wearing a surgical mask and appearing to walk around as a mobile hand sanitiser for staff in the building. <br></br></p>
After the incident blew up on the Internet, many netizens were enraged by the act and called it “classist” and “racist”
It was also called out for being another “disgusting example of coronavirus racism”.
<blockquote><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Another disgusting example of Coronavirus racism. This time from Saudi oil company @Aramco who forced a foreign worker to walk around as a large hand sanitiser dispenser. Exploitative & racist. Highlights again this huge problem in Saudi Arabia & the Gulf https://t.co/Lp9kYN3GuU pic.twitter.com/QC6l2zQq7V</p>— Joseph Willits (@josephwillits) March 11, 2020</blockquote>
The oil giant, Saudi Aramco, has since expressed its “strong dissatisfaction with this abusive behaviour that was used to emphasise the importance of sanitisation” adding that it was done without approval from the company
It released a Twitter statement yesterday, 11 March, saying that they have taken "drastic measures" to ensure that this does not happen again.
The statement did not mention who arranged for the man to be a dispenser or if there was any compensation or apology given to him.
<blockquote><p dir="rtl" lang="ar">وقد قامت الشركة على الفور بإيقاف هذا الفعل واتخاذ إجراءات صارمة تحول دون تكراره. وتؤكّد الشركة حزمها ضد المساس بقيمها المبنية على الاحترام والتمسك بأخلاقيات السلوك والتعامل.</p>— أرامكو (@Saudi_Aramco) March 10, 2020</blockquote> In response to the statement, one netizen tweeted a drawing of the man by @A_RahmanBoland along with a caption:
“The most important thing is to not just stop the act, but to punish those who were behind this heinous, inhuman act and compensate the worker financially and apologise to him.”
<blockquote data-conversation="none"><p dir="rtl" lang="ar">الأهم ليس إيقاف الفعل وحسب، يجب معاقبة من كان وراء تلك الفعلة الشنيعة اللا إنسانية وتعويض العامل ماديًا والاعتذار له، ولعل ذلك يُقلل لو البسيط من معاناته النفسية جراء الوضع الذي أجبر فيه!، (إن أكرمكم عند الله أتقاكم)#أرامكو_السعودية pic.twitter.com/wMKhLHmfZm</p>— محمد القاضي (@moealqadi) March 10, 2020</blockquote>
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