Typhoon Hato, one of the fiercest storms to hit Hong Kong in recent years, did not only bring us Hong Kongers a typhoon signal No. 10 on Wednesday, but also a paralysed stock market, business closures, as well as public transport and flights suspensions.
Now that Hato is moving further away from Hong Kong, and the city has started cleaning up, one brand is still navigating extreme weather conditions on the internet.
It all started on Wednesday, when the Hong Kong observatory announced in the afternoon that it would change the weather signal from No. 8 to No. 3 in the evening.
A notice, which has Mannings’ logo at the top, began circulating on the internet.
“Specific branches have to open the door right after No.8 signal has expired,” the notice read.
“For example: if No.8 signal expires at 9am, the branch will be opened at 9am sharp. For other branches, staff have to resume duties within an hour.”
The notice immediately drew the ire of netizens, with many criticising the brand for being cold-blooded. The netizens started flooding the brands’ Facebook page with angry emoticons and aggressive comments.
“The brand is showing no mercy to its staff, urging them to go back to work under disastrous weather conditions” said one on Mannings’ Facebook page.
The “disaster” escalated as Mannings published a post, addressing that signal 3 had been issued, and asking its customers to be careful if they were out. Netizens took the post as a hypocritical statement.
“Customers need to be careful, but their staff need not, and should go back to work immediately. How ironic!” wrote one comment.
Posts on Mannings’ Facebook are still getting numerous angry reactions and comments.