Saudi Arabia state-owned oil company, Aramco, has been forced to apologize for using one of its employees as a human stand for a hand sanitizing gel dispenser.
The oil giant attracted severe criticism this week after photos of one of its employees wearing a bodysuit with a hand sanitizer attached and a medical mask on his face started circulating on social media.
The foreign employee can be seen standing as a virtual stand, as other employees use the gel dispenser he’s carrying. Although the intention may have been to raise awareness of the importance of cleaning your hands using sanitizer during the current Covid-19 pandemic, the humiliating role was harshly criticized.
The photos triggered accusations of dehumanization of workers and raised questions about the company’s treatment of foreign employees.
The backlash forced Aramco to issue a public apology via its Arabic Twitter channel, adding that the stunt was organised without its approval.
“With regard to the image circulating on social media of a colleague dressed as a sterilization package in one of the facilities, Saudi Aramco would like to express their strong disappointment with this insulting behaviour which intended to place an emphasis on the importance of sterilization, without prior consent from the concerned party in the company,” the official statement read.
source: oddity central
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