The inspiring truth behind the viral video of the ‘fastest’ Pune bank cashier

The Internet mocked her for being slow, but Premlata Shinde, who has survived a paralysis stroke and two heart attacks, is an inspiration to many.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 30, 2016 8:17 pm
fastest cashier in the world video, premlata shinde video, social video, Harshad Ghodke and Balaraju Somisetty, indian express, indian express news She’s not the slowest, but an inspiration to many! (Source: Facebook)

We’ve been brought up with the adage, ‘Never judge a book by its cover’, but rarely do we ever abide by it. Especially so in the instant Digital Age, when seeing anything that might not be ordinary immediately makes itself a viable candidate for online sharing – irrespective of the fact that the person sharing the content has the full story or not.

One such instance was when a Facebook user, who often seems to share viral videos, posted a video on October 24 with the caption ‘Fastest cashier in the world’. The video showed a lady cashier, in a Pune branch of the Bank of Maharashtra, handling a chash transaction in what may seem to many as a slo-mo. Except that, it wasn’t. The lady was actually moving very cautiously while doing her work.

The video, obviously uploaded in jest and as a mockery of her slow pace, got immediate online attention. In a matter of a few days, it was viewed millions of times and shared over hundreds of thousands of times. While initial reaction to the video seemed to be of a humourous vein, many posted angry comments at the cameraman, who filmed a woman doing her job just to make fun of her. To shed more light onto the matter, the lady in the video was identified as Premlata Shinde, a woman who has survived a paralysis stroke and two heart attacks, and just resumed her job. One such person who shared Shinde’s story was activist Kundan Srivastava, who wrote about her in a lengthy post on his Facebook page:

“These nonsense man (names withheld), shared a video on October 24, 2016 without having a little respect for women & senior citizen and criticized saying her ‘Fastest cashier in the world.’ spreads like a wildfire over 4.9 million views, 149,203 shares and 72k likes. HOW NONSENSE? I urge every human being, please share this video for the victory of good over evil. For that only we celebrate ‘Diwali’.
Let me tell the truth to all the brainless people who is making fun of her.
She is Premlata Shinde, retiring in Feb 2017 from ‘Bank of Maharashtra’, Pune. So far she has survived a paralysis stroke and 2 heart attacks. She had just resumed her duties after a prolonged duration of leave for treatment. She has enough leaves stocked up that she can avail them and continue getting paid at home till her retirement. But, she wants to finish her service period honorably. So her branch staff set up an extra cash counter just so she can work at her own pace while customers can continue getting the service at the usual counter.
But some unaware customer ended up at that counter and made this video. Also, her husband is no more and her only son lives abroad with wife and child and can only visit for limited duration. It is said that she has undergone most of her medical treatment by herself.
Hats off to all the women of our nation who are striving and working hard making all our lives and our nation move ahead.”

Here’s the video that went viral

Srivastava is now urging people to report the initial video so that people. Ironically though, there are people who have called out Srivastava for his comments, and even questioned if it was right for the bank to give her the job, when customers might be in a hurry. One user said, “Still it is rude of you to call people nonsense. When people go to bank, they have some need, or go there for some work or for whatever purpose., but they need their work to be done faster.”

The story behind the video stands testimony to the dark side of viral social media videos. But this video also poses another question – breach of privacy. That someone thought it acceptable to film a bank official and then share her video online to mock her is a much scarier problem that needs to be addressed.

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First Published on: October 30, 2016 5:58 pm
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    Nitin
    Nov 1, 2016 at 8:04 am
    Bank should certainly give some other work to the lady considering the medical condition. Incase bank is kind enough to set up the special counter , I m sure bank can arrange for some peaceful work too. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Though we certainly agree that someone posting a video without knowing the complete fact is insane.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Let's see if the bank does something logical.
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      N k
      Oct 30, 2016 at 5:05 pm
      Silly indian stuff with no basic concept of privacy or dignity of work.lt;br/gt;What right did this chap or anyone hv to take a video of someone without their knowledge and then put it on FB?lt;br/gt;and the IT crime branch? - as usual.chasing some journalist publishing a cartoon on a politico
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        Praveen Khanna
        Oct 30, 2016 at 2:36 pm
        The writer of this article is stupid in himself/herself....customers at the bank are not interested for the tragedy they are interested for their work...if thus cashier cannot work at the window then pls give her some other HONORABLE JOB and not at the counter please.do u really understand how many man-hours are wasted standing at the window just to get a stupid job done. I sympathize with the lady as a human but not as a professional....understand the agency of getting any work to be done on time.. time...
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          Raj
          Oct 31, 2016 at 1:54 am
          This shows how serious we are with our security any one can videograph any thing in a bank ? Purpose can be anything from what this man did to robbery to terrorist attack. Gentlemen think about it Shouldn't we more security cautious and watchful? and check anyone who is taking pics at such places.
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            Vic
            Oct 30, 2016 at 4:37 pm
            The news has some fairness to it. She has a bindi and a mangalsutra. Husband god forbid is not dead and she overall is pretty slow.
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              khodsal
              Oct 31, 2016 at 2:40 am
              Bank me 2 takke ka customer hero banta Bai. Agar saalo ki genuine fees v kaat lo to phatt jaati Bai.
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                Amit Tripathi
                Oct 31, 2016 at 6:39 pm
                Never thought Kundan Srivastava could be such an person... Also are to blame any news channel or media people who support such an person like Kundan Srivastava or anyone else for that matter.. Now a days it has become fashion for Media people to just copy and Paste por people.... People have become so self-righteous that they just want to prove every one wrong.. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;HoQlZ5Alt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;o-R4holt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Above mentioned links are for the World's fastest cashier. Seriously, funny and humorous. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Now (sarcastically) everyone whomever goes to any place, and to whomsoever you meet in your life.. we expect you to forget your pain and work and accept the life story of the person in front of you... lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Really, I challenge anyone to come and debate on this face to face..lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;It is people like you that we are still backwards.. I have mentioned just few links.. There are hundreds of more links which I can post here or at other places. Earlier there was only one link,... now thanks to this and nonsense person Kundan Srivastava that there are so many more links to humiliate Premlata Shinde.. Great going Kundan Srivastava and NewsNationChannel and IndianExpress ..
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                  Balasubramanya
                  Oct 30, 2016 at 1:34 pm
                  Bank manager should have used his wisdom by alloting such type of work to her which is not directly interacting with customers.Because all customers need not be sympathetic to her illness.
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                    Ajay
                    Oct 31, 2016 at 3:24 am
                    Hats off for the lady...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;......... and kick on the a..s..s of that bugger
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                      Gayatri
                      Oct 31, 2016 at 6:05 am
                      If it is filmed in slow motion, how the other guy's work in the film is normal. She might have suffered paralysis or heart attack, but ordinary viewer does not aware of it. He remembers what he suffers in Government Offices, Banks etc because of the employees's work leathergy. That anger was depicted here. Even When every part of the body is working properly, we can find so many lazy employees who suffers the customers and take shield behind Trade Unions.
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                        Harshad P.
                        Oct 30, 2016 at 1:15 pm
                        Dear Indian Express, lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Where do you see me share this video and make fun of this lady? The video was first posted here and I was the one to share her REAL story before Kundan Shrivastava. Rather than tanking me, He is saying that I am making fun of this woman. Please do some research before you do copy paste job from Facebook.
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                          Dulal Mukherjee
                          Oct 31, 2016 at 11:33 am
                          I respect her and her mission.
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                            Afzal Shaikh
                            Oct 31, 2016 at 7:01 am
                            I call these people the modern hunters. People who move around to shoot the unusual and in the bargain bring out some sorrowful events of our own society without Beìng considerate or even being human... The video showed no efforts "help" made by the shooter to overcome the situation. They take a leaf out from the modem journalism who only wish to report things... but guys that's their job not yours, we are the only ones responsible to change the situations we are in. Do try this next time instead of just reporting.
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                              N S
                              Oct 31, 2016 at 4:06 am
                              How is that anybody can do a video shoot inside a bank? Is it legal? What was the security guard doing? It is a shame that no other bank employee has seen the vodeo shooting?
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                                Umesh
                                Oct 31, 2016 at 6:52 am
                                She is doing her work much better than many abled who are not sitting at the counter itself, also they don't do their work, She is continuously busy with her work though she is slow, think of the case of young guy very fast but checking Facebook or WhatsApp inside bank at some other place
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                                  PURUSHOTTAM
                                  Oct 30, 2016 at 4:53 pm
                                  Handicapped persons should be shown respect and their services though at a time slow to be accepted with smile by customers.
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                                    PURUSHOTTAM
                                    Nov 1, 2016 at 12:43 pm
                                    This shows petty mind and lack of sensitivity of one who has posted that video.shame on him.
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                                      ravi
                                      Oct 30, 2016 at 1:12 pm
                                      Inspiring..
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                                        Rohit
                                        Oct 30, 2016 at 3:47 pm
                                        Do u know if mobile phone is allowed to make such videos in bank ? Action should be taken against those who made the video. If you are in hurry then it does not mean you can loose your manners and breach the privacy of workers. You can complain to the bank but what stupidity to publish on fb.
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                                          RR
                                          Oct 31, 2016 at 4:02 am
                                          First catch the person who made her video n thrash him properly. She was not taking bribe, she was not doing time p. Those who r saying that she should not b in bank, shod first ask govt and all those who support reservation and bring the worst in our system..ask for those who take reservation despite of not being physically and personally challenged. Jungle people.
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                                            Prashant
                                            Oct 30, 2016 at 1:52 pm
                                            Still she's not that slow
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