A SUPERMARKET worker dropped dead in the aisles but his callous bosses kept the store OPEN after covering his corpse with umbrellas.
Sales manager Manoel Moisés Cavalcante, 59, suffered a huge heart attack while working in a Carrefour in Brazil’s northeastern state of Recife.
The body was left on the shop floor but hidden by umbrellas and cardboard boxes[/caption]
Colleagues desperately tried to save his life but he passed away in front of horrified shoppers.
However, instead of closing the bustling store, staff continued to serve customers after covering the body with three umbrellas and surrounding it with cardboard boxes.
The shocking incident happened on August 14 but has only just come to light following a deluge of criticism on social media.
Carrefour Brasil has now apologised by admitting its handling of the outrageous incident was inappropriate.
“The company erred in not closing the store immediately after what happened to await the funeral service, as well as in not finding the correct way to look after the body,” it said.
Sales manager Manoel Moisés Cavalcante, 59, suffered a huge heart attack while working in a Carrefour[/caption]
According to Carrefour, the man was a sales manager who fell ill inside the store.
First aid was given and an ambulance was immediately called, the supermarket giant says.
After Cavalcante died, Carrefour insisted it “followed guidelines to not remove the body from its place.”
The local subsidiary of France’s Carrefour SA, one of the largest retail chains in Brazil, said it has now changed its guidelines to include the closure of the store in future similar cases.
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“We apologise to the family and stand ready to support them in whatever way necessary,” Carrefour said in its statement.
This is not the first controversy surrounding the way Carrefour handles incidents in its stores in Brazil.
In 2018, a security guard at a store in the state of Sao Paulo killed a street dog after striking it with a metal bar, a case that caused revulsion on social media and with animal welfare groups.