An image started circulating on social media that showed the sign “Saudi Cashier on duty absent on this shift”. This sign was put by an expat worker in the absence of a Saudi cashier at “Sun and Sand sports” a retail store in the Kingdom.
This sign angered the people of the Kingdom: This image went viral on social media and sparked fury among the Saudi nationals. This sign angered the people of the Kingdom and they have to ask a single question why did the worker mention the absent person was a Saudi?
Disrespect for Saudis: Some said this is because of the bad intentions that expats keep for Saudis. People wanted the person to be held accountable for his deed.
Action against the Expat who printed it: Saudi authorities took immediate action against the expat worker who called out Saudi for not showing up to his work.
However, the backlash from the people led to the Ministry of Labor and Social development to ban the expat from working again in the Kingdom. Khaled Aba Al Khail, the spokesman of the Ministry said the retail store will also be held accountable for this matter.
Apology by the Sun and Sand: Later on, hearing this statement, the retail store issued an apology through the tweep they uploaded during the extreme reaction from the people.
The management of the retail shops apologized over the sign and explained that it was an act committed by a single individual and doesn’t reflect the company’s values.
الساده العملاء الكرام,
تعتذر شركه الشمس والرمال للرياضة عن أى إزعاج قد يكون تسبب من هذا الفعل الغير مقبول و نعترف أن هذا الفعل يعد فعلاً فردياً و ليس منهج الشركه التي دائماً و أبداً تحترم المملكة العربية السعودية و نرفض العنصرية جُمْلةً وَتَفْصيلاً ….
— Sun & Sand Sports (@SunSandSport) May 29, 2018