People across the world have come up with creative ways to adapt to the new normal of no-contact and social distancing in order to slow the spread of coronavirus, but there are certain social distancing techniques that can do more harm than good. Case in point – the kind of social distancing measure that was adopted by two bikers, as seen in a lighthearted post shared by industrialist Anand Mahindra.
Mr Mahindra, an active Twitter user, shared the pic with his 8.4 million Twitter followers this morning. It shows two motorcyclists transporting a ladder by placing it around their necks. The picture is not a new one – it has been circulating on the Internet since 2017, often with captions that poke fun at the riders or caution against such foolish stunts.
“Brought a smile to my face even in these trying times…Some social distancing techniques may be more hazardous than protective…” wrote Anand Mahindra while sharing the picture on Twitter.
Brought a smile to my face even in these trying times…Some social distancing techniques may be more hazardous than protective… pic.twitter.com/tDgNXcUBKR
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) April 30, 2021
The post has racked up hundreds of ‘likes’ and comments on the microblogging platform. Take a look at some of the reactions:
Social Distance Maintain
— Kulkarni Avinash (@kulkarniavinas7) April 30, 2021
This is not social distancing sir, just they are transporting the ladder.
— HK (@harikartee) April 30, 2021
I dread to think of the consequences if the first rider brakes abruptly…
— Neguy (@Neguy9) April 30, 2021
Sir, this one too, though not advisable!
— JK (@TellATale11) April 30, 2021
Although he is a fan of jugaad, Mr Mahindra has cautioned against potentially dangerous social distancing hacks in the past as well. He did not find much to praise in a viral picture of a man sticking his head inside a cut-out window in a cabin partition and wrote: “Clearly, we’re not accustomed to social distancing. But it’s time to do our bit: pull our heads back and mask up!”
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