A photograph of two exhausted Domino’s employees leaning against the empty counter has gone viral on social media. As harsh cold weather has engulfed Texas, people stuck indoors after the powerful cold storm shut down the power grid. They flooded the local pizza chain with orders.
The photo was taken in San Antonio in Texas, the state impacted by the icy weather conditions with the temperature plummeting to -12 degree Celsius. With most of the stores and shops being shut, millions of residents are dependent on food delivery services for survival.
The picture was clicked by another employee July DeLuna who shared it on Facebook on February 18. In the caption, the staff member shared the experience of working through the crisis and how the weekend's worth of food was finished in just four hours. She noted that the staff didn’t even have food saved for themselves and risked their lives to deliver it to the residents. ‘They were the only pizza place open. Every pizza place was closed but dominos stayed open to help those in need. Please understand we work hard not because we have to but because we want to help and we care. Thank you' ended the caption. He urged that these essential workers need recognition
People on social media are now calling for higher wages for essential workers for their services during such difficult times.
The picture was also shared by the US broadcasting channel journalist Emily Baucum on Twitter on February 18. In the caption she mentioned their hard work and thanked them for feeding their neighbors.
The majority of the users thanked the workers for helping their community and serving their people. One such user wrote the picture captures the effort and determination perfectly and thanked them.
Amazing pic. Captured the effort and determination perfectly. So often, similar pics are shared of athletes after a big game. This picture is real life. Thank you to those pictured and those who are not.— Jonathan Stuhl (@jonathan_stuhl) February 18, 2021
Another user thanked Dominos for their outstanding service.
Great job @dominos . Your service to the community was outstanding ! Thank you! Note: your more reliable than the state government who run this state. Ercot failed!— DanH (@DanBatvato) February 18, 2021
The picture sparked a debate over raising their wages for their community services.
Pay them a living wage.They're literally holding the economy up with their bodies.— ️ (@disco_socialist) February 18, 2021
Many people urged to raise the minimum wage to $15 to reward essential workers.