Food delivery company Zomato is winning the internet after it on Wednesday refused to resolve a customer's complaint about being assigned a Muslim delivery executive for his food order.
"Food doesn't have a religion. It is a religion," the company tweeted in response to the customer's request for change of the rider.
Food doesn’t have a religion. It is a religion. https://t.co/H8P5FlAw6y— Zomato India (@ZomatoIN) July 31, 2019
On Tuesday night, a man tweeted about cancelling his order placed on Zomato as the designated rider was a "non-Hindu".
"Just cancelled an order on @ZomatoIN they allocated a non hindu rider for my food they said they can't change rider and can't refund on cancellation I said you can't force me to take a delivery I don't want don't refund just cancel," Amit Shukla, a resident of Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh tweeted.
In a series of tweets, he also shared screenshots of his conversation with Zomato's customer care, saying he would take up the issue with his lawyers.
The company stood its ground and flatly refused to change delivery executive.
Zomato founder Deepinder Goyal echoed his company's stand, with a firm message. "We are proud of the idea of India - and the diversity of our esteemed customers and partners. We aren't sorry to lose any business that comes in the way of our values," he tweeted.
Zomato's response won it many admirers.
"Respect. I love your app. Thank you for giving me a reason to admire the company behind it," former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah tweeted.
Former Election Commissioner S Y Quraishi tweeted: "Salute Deepinder Goyal! You are the real face of India! Proud of you." Goyal had in an internal message to his team at Zomato applauded the customer team for "upholding our values and not discriminate on basis of caste or religion for sake of growth (or customer satisfaction)".
Sources said he told his team that they should not succumb to any demands of a customer, partner, or even an employee on racial grounds or grounds of any form of diversity.
A Twitter user who identifies himself as Pandit Amit Shukla, and with the username @NaMo_SARKAAR, tweeted on Tuesday evening that he had cancelled his order after a delivery executive called Faiyaz was assigned to deliver his food. Shukla shared the order status with a map from a locality in Jabalpur.
Just cancelled an order on @ZomatoIN they allocated a non hindu rider for my food they said they can't change rider and can't refund on cancellation I said you can't force me to take a delivery I don't want don't refund just cancel— पं अमित शुक्ल (@NaMo_SARKAAR) July 30, 2019
He also shared a screenshot of the app's chat support, through which he requested for a different delivery executive. When asked why Shukla said: "We have Shravan and I don't need a delivery from a Muslim fellow."
@ZomatoIN is forcing us to take deliveries from people we don't want else they won't refund and won't cooperate I am removing this app and will discuss the issue with my lawyers— पं अमित शुक्ल (@NaMo_SARKAAR) July 30, 2019
The customer care executive responded that cancelling the order would cost him Rs 237, and then said: "At Zomato, we don't discriminate on basis of riders, I hope you understand." Shukla tweeted that he cancelled the order without refund, and said that Zomato was "forcing us to take deliveries from people we don't want".
He claimed he was uninstalling the app as the company was not cooperating and he would discuss the matter with his lawyers.
This is the confirmation pic.twitter.com/BV7QvCwR94— पं अमित शुक्ल (@NaMo_SARKAAR) July 30, 2019
This is my objection pic.twitter.com/U4DjaHONoo— पं अमित शुक्ल (@NaMo_SARKAAR) July 30, 2019
Now the history of my latest order has been blocked I asked them to cancel they did it why aren't they showing details on the site they can show that I ordered cancellation without refund they did so pic.twitter.com/0DptbJ81lS— पं अमित शुक्ल (@NaMo_SARKAAR) July 30, 2019
His tweets received angry responses from several users with one asking Shukla if he had ensured that the person who cooked his food was a Hindu, while another pointed out that Shukla's vehicles run on "Muslim fuel" —alluding to most of the oil India buys coming from Gulf nations.