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How an Umbrella Became a Viral Meme by Blocking an Office Door for Two Days

The umbrella had been left behind in the morning by an employee at a rented WeWork office space of Friday.


Updated:September 19, 2019, 3:41 PM IST
How an Umbrella Became a Viral Meme by Blocking an Office Door for Two Days
Image credit: Twitter

In a bizarre incident, an umbrella prevented four employees using a WeWork office space from entering work on Monday.

The umbrella had been left behind by an employee on Friday. On Monday, when he and three other colleagues reached the office, they found the door jammed from the inside by a black umbrella.

An image of the hilarious incident was shared on Twitter.

WeWork is a start-up that allows individuals and companies to rent office spaces. When the employees could not manage to get the jammed door to move on their own, they tried getting in touch with WeWork's management to get the problem fixed but at first, even they could not help.

As the umbrella metamorphosed into a meme, people on the internet also chimed in. Many suggested breaking the glass door down while others suggested slipping things through the crack under the door or slipping in a wire to move the umbrella away from the door.

However, Neeraj Agrawal, who posted the image, insisted that none of the suggested hacks worked.

The umbrella became so hot a meme that WeWork probably took notice. In the night, work men came and drilled a hole on the roof of the space to insert a wire. It was a simple solution.

As for the four locked-out employees, they simply moved their office to another room in the WeWork building. "I think that most people don’t have the good sense to know how much breaking the glass would be a mess and a danger. If my dog was trapped in there, or a child, I would have broken it," Mike Pontichelly, the deserter of the culprit umbrella, told Vice.

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