A few days ago, a video of a 7-year-old boy pretending to be a delivery manager at Zomato went viral on social media. The video was posted by a Twitter user, who claimed the 7-year-old boy became a delivery man after his father, who worked as a delivery man before he had an accident. Zomato assured that it will help the family in any way possible.
A Twitter user, who goes by the name Rahul Mittal, shared a video of a 7-year-old showing up at his door to deliver a food item he had ordered. While Mittal hoped to see an adult delivery man, he was surprised when he saw a child at his door. In the video, the child can be seen with a box of chocolates in his hand. Mittal can be heard asking the child about his father, to which the child replies that his father had an accident, so he is unable to deliver the orders. The child in the video says he goes to school in the morning but delivers orders in the evening until 11 p.m.
Zomato seemed oblivious to the whole incident. The food delivery app was unaware that the boy was working for his father, who had been hired as a delivery man. In a statement shared with Gadgets 360, Zomato said the company took no strong action against the family for child labor given their circumstances, but informed them of the dangers of child labor because this is a clear violation of the laws. .
“We are grateful to the internet community for bringing this to our attention. There are multiple violations here – child labor and misrepresentation, and we have educated the family on these grounds without taking strict action on this, keeping in mind the situation the family is in,” said a spokesperson for Zomato.The spokesperson also mentioned that the company also decided to sponsor the education of the child.
“The father embarked on Zomato after his accident; therefore, the incidental support we provide to our active delivery partners cannot be extended to it. On an exceptional basis and for humanitarian reasons, our teams have provided all possible support in the said situation,” added the Zomato spokesperson. Zomato claimed the boy was 14, not 7. The viral video has been viewed over 99,000 times on Twitter since the day it was posted.
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