Viral: Fried chicken resto fires worker for inserting #2019GantiPresiden message on receipts

A photo of a receipt from an Ayam Gebre Eskom outlet in Yogyakarta that has gone viral on social media for containing the political message #2019GantiPresiden. The fried chicken chain’s management has apologized for the message via their Twitter account and said the employee responsible for it will be  fired.
A photo of a receipt from an Ayam Gebre Eskom outlet in Yogyakarta that has gone viral on social media for containing the political message #2019GantiPresiden. The fried chicken chain’s management has apologized for the message via their Twitter account and said the employee responsible for it will be fired.

We’re still nearly a year off from the 2019 presidential election in Indonesia, but tensions are already rising with opponents of President Joko Widodo accused of harassing people at Car Free Day (CFD) and using mosques for political purposes. It seems not even ayam goreng (fried chicken) is immune to being politicized.

Recently, photos of a receipt from a fried chicken restaurant in Yogyakarta called Ayam Geprek Eskom went viral on Indonesian social media after a customer spotted that their receipt contained the hashtag #2019GantiPresiden (#2019ReplaceThePresident), which is the slogan of the political movement to defeat Jokowi in next year’s election.

The  #2019GantiPresiden slogan, as well as clothing bearing the hashtag, have become both popular among the president’s critics and controversial following a viral video, taken at CFD in Jakarta on April 29, showing groups of people in t-shirts bearing the hashtag harassing Jokowi supporters.

While some assumed the Ayam Geprek Eskom receipt was a photoshopped hoax, it soon became clear that it was real, as confirmed in an apologetic series of messages from the restaurant’s own Twitter account today in which the restaurant’s management claimed the hashtag was placed there by an employee, acting on their own, who has now been fired.

“The message #gantipresiden written on the receipt was the act of an unscrupulous employee and we the management never instructed them to write it”

“The employee is in the process of being terminated.”

“We sincerely apologize to our customers and other parties for this incident and will try to fix the mistake as soon as possible.”

The controversy over the #2019GantiPresiden slogan not only cost a fast food worker their job, but also led to some considerable fashion confusion at the last CFD in Jakarta on Sunday, where police instructed participants wearing shirts bearing political messages were given white t-shirts to cover them up, in an effort to keep CFD free of politics and prevent more conflicts.

We can only hope that as political tensions in Indonesia continue to rise ahead of next year’s election, places like CFD and fried chicken restaurants can continue to be a refuge for those of us who need a break for politics and just want to enjoy a nice walk or some delicious ayam goreng in peace.

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