A Sydney company’s attempt to improve the hygiene of its employees by installing a hand sanitising unit outside one of its elevators has backfired.
In what was described as a ‘classic stitch up’, an automatically dispensing unit was placed directly above the lift’s arrow buttons, dumping soap on every hand that came near.
A target of the unsolicited sanitisation filmed his hand being repeatedly doused in the white foam – sharing the conundrum to Facebook.
Rocco Repice explained how he thought the unit was placed in the compromising position as a prank, only later realising it had been put there on purpose.
‘At first I thought it was a joke! Then I realised some one had actually installed the hand sanitizer there without thinking about the lift buttons,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.
But the comical mistake was short lived, with the company re-positioning the device away from the buttons a day later.
Meme page Brown Cardigan uploaded the video on Thursday and posed the question of whether the positioning was a silly move or more like the work of a genius.
‘Who’s the genius dumbc**t that put a hand sanitizer unit over the elevator button?,’ its post read.
Hundreds of social media users chimed in to laugh at the unfortunate mishap, with some supporting the idea and others not so sure.
One was all for the forward-thinking move, writing, ‘Touch the germs and sanitise your hands straight after. Genius.’
Another agreed, ‘BRILLIANT! When you see just how many people walk out of the toilet without washing their hands.’
The excitement was short lived however, with a photo the following day showing the device having been moved from its encroaching position.
People following the comical saga were amused at the soap dispenser being moved a day after its video being widely shared online.
‘Finally a grass roots movement that’s making change in this cruel world,’ one jokester wrote.
‘What a sequel,’ someone else said.
All that remained of its earlier position was a healthy smother of white patchwork.