Updated: April 23, 2021 1:44:05 pm
As the Maharashtra government has announced strict restrictions across the state to ‘break the chain’ of novel coronavirus amid the second wave, Mumbai police has launched a colour-coded guide for all. Flooded with queries on who needs what sticker, a man’s question got a heartwarming reply for the force, earning them plaudits online.
Ashwin Vinod lamented on Twitter that he had not met his girlfriend for long and turned to the police to know which sticker he needed to venture out. “I miss her”, he tweeted to the Mumbai Police.
As the force has been urging all to stay home to stop the rapid spread of the disease, the police, instead of ignoring Vinod’s tweet or giving him a stern reply, showed of their cool sense of humour as well as understanding. “We understand it’s essential for you sir but unfortunately it doesn’t fall under our essentials or emergency categories!” they replied to his tweet.
Along with the general response, they also offered some life advice, adding, “Distance makes the heart grow fonder & currently, you are healthier”. As if that wasn’t enough, they also assured the man that “this is just a phase”, and wished them both a “lifetime together”.
Check it out here:
We understand it’s essential for you sir but unfortunately it doesn’t fall under our essentials or emergency categories!
Distance makes the heart grow fonder & currently, you healthier
— Mumbai Police (@MumbaiPolice) April 22, 2021
Earlier this week, the city police had informed that essential stickers are a must and those travelling must indicate their essential need by pasting a sticker on their mode of transport. “Red, green & yellow stickers are now mandatory for vehicles of essential service providers/seekers, for a hassle free commute,” the police had said.
While uniformed personnel are distributing essential stickers at every junction, they also said people can simply make one for themselves based on their requirement, even saying in jest, “We won’t judge you on the finesse!”
The sweet reply by the police force brought a smile on netizens’ faces. Many appreciated their gesture saying, “we can all do with a little bit of positivity”.
Ha ha ha very well put and I am sure equally well received. 🙏🙏🙏❤️❤️ https://t.co/WAOuGdDCtK
— Ranganathan Madhavan (@ActorMadhavan) April 22, 2021
— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) April 22, 2021
— RJ Anmol 🇮🇳 (@rjanmol) April 22, 2021
— nikhil wagle (@waglenikhil) April 22, 2021
That’s so sweet….thoda positivity lelo….SMILE AND STAY HOME STAY SAFE https://t.co/vth78hMIRy
— Tanu❤SidNaaz🌟 (@purelovebond) April 22, 2021
— traditionally_unfit(انجم)🍁 (@i_m_anjum) April 22, 2021
Mumbai police deserves Gold Medal for this reply!! Respect +100 for our brave hearts❤️ https://t.co/9o1v43VHvO
— Tanmay tripathi (@iSmokII15) April 22, 2021
— Shivaaneey Rai (@shivaaneey) April 22, 2021
— Avijit Singha (@AvijitSingha_) April 22, 2021
— K K Bhan (@Bhan2K) April 22, 2021
Now, that’s the kind of articulation we all should learn . The subtle way of saying no with right choice of words to make someone understand clearly instead of aggressively saying no and hurting their feelings . https://t.co/ZN50krmSE8
— Anoosha🌿 (@olivesstar_06) April 22, 2021
Politeness level to moon and back 😂😂😂😂 https://t.co/V6QdmKVfHN
— साईलेन्ट स्प्रिङ (@Pema_Norbu_Lama) April 22, 2021
Very thoughtful of you to reply with such kindness and understanding. Tough times sometimes need kindness in abundance.
— Vandana Mahajan (@oceanblue11oct) April 22, 2021
Beautifully said.. Hope you continue to bring a bit of smiles and cheer in this sad situation… Wish other authorities would learn from you all.. Thank you for your service. Respect
— 〰️HIRA-MEHTA〰️ (@HIRAMEHTA3) April 22, 2021
Love the humour used in making the point. Keep up your good work guys! Gratitude to all health workers and police personnel.
— Premal Joisher (@PJoisher) April 22, 2021
Very thoughtful reply in these trying times. Each person has their own essentials. Please keep us engaged with witty responses and we are forever grateful for your service! You take care of Mumbai like no one else does! All of you stay safe and healthy!🙏🏼
— Satyan Israni (@MurgMakhaniRox) April 22, 2021
As the response got everyone talking online, the city police replied, “You promise us that you will stay at home and stay safe and we promise to keep you engaged with our wit as well as grit to arrest the spread of #COVID19”.
The Maharashtra government on Wednesday further tightened Covid-19 restrictions, with public and private transport now allowed only for essential services and emergencies and 14-day mandatory home quarantine for people travelling inter-district. The new restrictions will come into effect from 8pm on Thursday and will remain in force until 7am on May 1.
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