The photo has sparked a debate on social media as several people have slammed the housing society for its decision, calling it a discriminatory practice
A housing society in Hyderabad is facing backlash on social media after it said it would fine servants and delivery boys for using the main lift. A notice by the society, which states that maids, delivery boys, and drivers will be fined Rs 300 if they use the building’s main lift, has gone viral on social media.
A photojournalist, Harsha Vadlamani, had shared a photograph of the notice on 12 January. The photo is reportedly from Cyberabad, Telangana.
Check the tweet here:
Cyberabad, 2022. pic.twitter.com/4XrldTlEel
— Harsha Vadlamani (@Hrsha) January 12, 2022
Since being shared, the post has garnered over 6,500 likes and more than 1,500 retweets. The photo has sparked a debate on social media as several people have slammed the housing society for its decision, calling it a discriminatory practice. Others have supported the decision, adding that this was the way every housing society should function during the time of the pandemic.
Some social media users commented that the housing society was discriminating against maids and delivery persons.
If not discrimination; what’s this!!!? https://t.co/SiHsDRxqqA
— Raphael Ajith Benson (@RaphaelAjith) January 13, 2022
Several users questioned why servants were not allowed to access the main lift as they are essential for carrying out tasks and helping building members in their daily chores.
Yikesss!! So they can come into ur houses & touch the dishes u cook & clothes u wear.. they can bring the food u eat.. they can sit beside u in car but cannot get in the “main” lift?Mask up😷
Why do they have to use service elevator?Its not like they carry huge loads with them🤷🏻♀️ https://t.co/MBdwSNufvw
— Haritha23 (@haritha23) January 13, 2022
Some users found nothing controversial in the practice and said that it was also followed in the previous societies they lived in.
Whats is wrong in it? We followed this in our earlier apartment too
— stay hungry stay foolish (@_prasadv) January 12, 2022
Many internet users said that the notice mentions a main lift, indicating that all delivery persons and maids would have been able to use the service lifts. These users defended the logic of having separate lifts for delivery persons and residents, arguing that the service lift was specifically for taking out waste, shifting furniture and so on.
It’s clearly mentioned that it’s for main lift. For helping staff, there’s service lift which should be used by them especially in the times of covid. Waste collection in Thrash cans, shifting work or other service work should only be done through service lifts.
— Shivam Aks 🇮🇳 (@AksShivam) January 12, 2022
This is not the first time such an incident has caused outrage on social media. In a similar incident, a mall in Udaipur banned the Zomato and Swiggy executives from using lifts inside the building. The notice had sparked major uproar on social media platforms last year.
Check the notice here:
Modern day feudalism pic.twitter.com/edqYwQe5Qj
— Sobhana K Nair (@SobhanaNair) September 18, 2021
What are your thoughts about the notice?