- The owner of the eatery where the water dispenser with the sign “Not for Food Panda riders” that went viral has finally aired his side
- Earlier, the eatery and its water dispenser went viral because of the sign, which some say is ironic as it is found beside another sign proclaiming a bible verse
- The owner said that they are just observing what they think and believe would benefit their business
- He then lamented the fact that netizens have been bashing him without looking at the entire picture
The owner of the eatery where the viral water dispenser with the signage “Not for Food Panda riders” is found has come out on social media to air his side.
What aroused the curiosity of netizens about the photo of the water dispenser with the signage about food delivery riders, and which perhaps helped it become viral, is the bible verse signage found on the wall near the dispenser that some netizens found ironic.
Facebook user Christos T. Agregado said he owns the eatery where the water dispenser is found. He then lamented the fact that he has been receiving tons of negative reactions from netizens.
He also refuted allegations he placed the signage “Not for Food Panda riders” on the water dispenser, saying that he only attached the sign “For customers only.”
Agregado explained that he placed the sign as part of their cost-cutting measures, adding that they have a separate tap water with ice station for Food Panda riders. He said the dispenser’s mineral water is reserved for customers.
“Lumalaki na ang issue at masyado ng nasisira ang pangalan ng negosyo, dumadami nadin ang bashers ko,” Agregado wrote in his post.
He included a CCTV on his post showing the rider who took the now-viral photo of the water dispenser. “Nandiyan ang cctv ng rider na kumuha ng litrato, nasan ang nakakaawa diyan na uhaw uhaw dahil di naka-inom ng tubig? Pinagdamutan ba talaga?” Agregado asked.
He then expressed disappointment in people who would share half-truths on social media. “Sana man lang bago mag share ng isang bagay ay yung buong katotohanan,” he further wrote.
Agregado also alleged that the “Not for Food Panda riders” sign was just appended to the original sign.
“Makikita niyo na dinugtong nalang yung not for food panda dahil ilang buwan na din nakalagay na ‘for customers only’ ngunit ang iba ay tila walang pakialam sa nakalagay na alam naman nilang may station inilaan sakanila. Makikita niyo sa cctv footage yung food panda napapasok sana dahil alam niya kung nasaan ang tubig ngunit may dagdag na sa nakasulat at kaya doon na siya kumuha sa station na nakalaan para sa kanila. Sa kanyang galaw alam niya kung saan dapat ang kanilang tubig,” Agregado claimed in his post.
He then said that everyone is affected by the pandemic and their business is no exception, so they have to find ways to minimize their expenses, and limiting water dispenser access to customers only is one of their cost-saving measures.
Stories about delivery riders, such as Food Panda riders, often go viral. There are some who have raised their concerns on social media. There are those who would complain about false or fake bookings. Giving them the right compensation for their efforts would surely benefit them.
For instance, there were 10 food delivery riders who were victimized with fake orders. The witness narrated that there were about 10 riders who gathered outside the address of just one house.
Another video that went viral, which also involved Food Panda riders, is one where the Intramuros precinct commander was shown scolding them. The precinct commander was telling them that they were destroying the peace and order of the area. He could be heard in the video saying that the riders were unruly and that they were causing traffic. The Food Panda riders on the other hand were saying that they were not staging a rally but they would just like to convey to DOLE the alleged irregularity of their company.
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