Shop worker who died on shift covered by umbrella as store stays open

A shop worker’s dead body was left on a store floor and covered with an umbrella as the outlet remained open for business.

Sales manager Manoel Moisés Cavalcante, 59, suffered a heart attack at a Carrefour Brasil store in Recife, Brazil on August 14.

First aid was administered and an ambulance called but he couldn’t be saved.

Instead of closing the store immediately, staff continued to welcome customers and covered the body with three umbrellas and a number of cardboard boxes.

The company, which is one of the largest retail chains in the country, has been forced to apologise after pictures of the incident went viral online.

A statement admitted the action taken was ‘disrespectful’, but insisted staff had ‘followed guidelines to not remove the body from its place’.

An official statement said: ‘Carrefour apologises for the inadequate treatment of Mr Moisés Cavalcante, victim of a heart attack in Recife store.


‘The company made a mistake by not closing the store immediately after what happened while waiting for the service funeral, as well as did not find the correct way to protect Mr Moses’ body.

‘We reinforce that as soon as the sales promoter started to feel sick, we did the first aid and we activated SAMU, following all protocols for carry out the rescue quickly.

‘After passing away, we follow the instruction to not remove the body from the place.’

The company added it had now updated guidelines, including the mandatory closing of the store, and aimed to treat ‘rare situations like this’ with ‘more sensitivity and respect’.

This is not the first controversy focused on how Carrefour handles incidents in Brazil.

In 2018, a security guard at a store in the state of Sao Paulo reportedly killed a street dog after striking it with a metal bar, sparking outrage among the public. Carrefour later condemned the staff member’s actions.

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