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In flooded New York, the images of a delivery man working at all costs create controversy – Evening edition Ouest-France – 03/09/2021 – Ouest-France

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Friday, September 3, 2021

United States

On the night of Wednesday, September 1 to Thursday, September 2, 2021, New York, United States, was harshly affected by heavy flooding, due to the passage of storm Ida. Bad weather, however, did not prevent some food and parcel deliverers from continuing to work in perilous conditions. A video, showing one of them, was posted on social networks and created a controversy.

New York City. (Map: Ouest-France)

It is considered to be “The deadliest storm since Sandy for the north of United States, According to the American daily The New York Times . She it is Storm Ida, which hit New Orleans earlier this week in Louisiana, in the south of the country.

On the night of Wednesday 1 to Thursday 2 September, it was New York City that was in turn affected by apocalyptic weather: torrential rains, direct consequences of Ida, which caused impressive floods and the death of at least 44 people in the metropolitan area.

A dramatic human and material toll to which was added in the hours which followed a controversy after the publication of a video on the social network Twitter.

7 million views in 48 hours

It shows a man presented “Like a delivery man working for the company GrubHub, trying to progress in a street in Brooklyn with his bike and a bag of food in his hand in almost 80 cm of water”, specifies the online media HuffPost . Very quickly going viral, the video now peaks at more than 7 million views.

Faced with this situation, many Internet users were indignant, first of all the author of the video. Asked by The New York Times, he said that “See this man push his bike in front of these people in Mercedes to deliver Chinese food” him has “Turned the stomach”.

In reaction, the videographer intends to find the delivery man and offer him the approximately $ 1,700 that several press agencies have wished to pay to use his video.

A controversy that found an important political sounding board when the rising star of the American Democratic Party, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, shared the video on her own Twitter account.

“Don’t be the person ordering a delivery during a flash flood that the National Weather Service (NWS) has viewed as a potentially fatal situation. It puts vulnerable people at risk. “

Faced with the magnitude of this bad buzz, a spokesperson for the company GrubHub indicated in the columns of the media Business Insider that he was unable to confirm that the delivery guy for the viral video was indeed one of their employees. “The safety of delivery people is an absolute priority, he also declared. While we always appreciate the hard work of delivery people to get the job done, no delivery person in a business or restaurant should ever take any action that puts their safety at risk. “

For his part, the Internet user who filmed the delivery man decided to find the unidentified delivery man at all costs. He was notably joined in his quest by the The New York Times.

To date the man has not yet been found.

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