On May 4, the government allowed the reopening of liquor shops in certain areas after six weeks. Pictures of long queues of people outside these shops started doing the rounds on social media, immediately.
Chhattisgarh: Social distancing norms being flouted as people in large numbers queue outside a liquor shop in Rajnandgaon. The state govt has allowed liquor shops to open in the state from today except for the containment zones. #CoronavirusLockdown pic.twitter.com/GfTzQP86Ip— ANI (@ANI) May 4, 2020
Amidst this, incidents of liquor shop owners expressing gratitude towards their customers by showering flower petals on them were reported. One from Mirzapur in UP and another from Delhi.
Both the videos are going viral on social media.
Here's the one from Mirzapur in UP where the owner is seen showering petals on customers. The customers also followed social distancing.
Another video from Delhi's Chander Nagar was shared by ANI.
#WATCH Delhi: A man showers flower petals on people standing in queue outside liquor shops in Chander Nagar area of Delhi. The man says, "You are the economy of our country, government does not have any money". #CoronaLockdown pic.twitter.com/CISdu2V86V— ANI (@ANI) May 5, 2020
When asked why is he doing this, the man in the video showering petals, said:
Aap log humare desh ki economy ho. Sarkar ke paas paisa nahi hai.
The videos invited hilarious reactions from netizens. Some even called these customers frontline economy warriors.
Customer bhagwan hote hai.— Raman Kumar Mandal (@IAmAsliRaman) May 4, 2020
बहारों फूल बरसाओ मेरा मेहबूब आया है— Aastik Udenia❤🇮🇳 (@AastikUdenia) May 4, 2020
मेरा मेहबूब आया है
Felicitating the Economy Warriors 🤪— Rishi Bagree 🇮🇳 (@rishibagree) May 5, 2020
Alcoholics ne economy aaj sambhal li hai🤣😂🤣they deserves respect.— Mohil Malhotra🇮🇳मोहिल मल्होत्रा (@TheMohil8) May 5, 2020
What a gesture!