A supermarket has come under fire after employees covered the worker who died at the store with umbrellas rather than closing the place down.
The incident occurred in Brazil where 59-year-old Manoel Moisés Cavalcante suffered a heart attack while working as a sales manager at a Carrefour Brasil supermarket.
Following the man’s sudden death, the employees allowed the customers to resume shopping. Instead of closing the store, they covered the man with umbrellas and placed cardboard boxes around him.
After the photos from the store went viral, the public has slammed the supermarket for their insensitive move.
Following a backlash and social media outrage, Carrefour Brasil officials apologized and recognized that the handling of the issue was inappropriate.
“The company erred in not closing the store immediately after what happened to await the funeral service, as well as in not finding the correct way to look after the body,” the company admitted in a statement to REUTERS.
As the officials also explained, employees administered first aid and called the ambulance when the 59-year-old manager collapsed.
Following their call for help, the staff complied with “guidelines to not remove the body from its place.” Nevertheless, they acknowledged making a mistake by not closing the store and allowing shopping to resume while the worker’s dead body was still inside.
“… We apologize to the family and stand ready to support them in whatever way necessary,” Carrefour added in the statement.
According to REUTERS, the company has now also updated its guidelines to ensure that their supermarkets will get closed in the future if similar events happen.
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