As Hurricane Ida brought severe flooding to New York City, a person who appeared to be delivering food was filmed pushing a bicycle waist-high into the water with a bag hanging from the handlebars.
Now the freelance photojournalist who recorded the video, which has since been viewed millions of times, is looking for the person who braved New York’s flooded streets to deliver food.
Johnny Miller was leaving the gym when he stopped at the intersection of North 11th and Roebling Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn at 10:02 pm on Wednesday. He noticed a person struggling to deliver food by bicycle and tweeted the video he made almost immediately.
“If 11 or 40 million people see my video, all those people now can’t say ‘I didn’t know what it was like.’ They can’t say they don’t know what someone who doesn’t have the privilege of not working during disasters was like, ”Miller told USA TODAY.
The video caught the attention of New York Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who urged people not to order food during thunderstorms.
“If it’s too dangerous for you, it’s too dangerous for them,” she tweeted. “Search your lockers or ask a neighbor for help.”
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As Miller searches for the person’s identity, over a dozen news outlets have offered him money to license the video. He has raised $ 1,800 to date and intends to donate the funds to the person.
The New York Times investigative team and the Workers’ Justice Project, a New York-based organization, are assisting Miller in his research.
Miller’s video sparked a conversation about workers’ rights, protections and inequality in the city. Twitter users and Miller argued that delivery workers should be paid in case of risk during floods and other disaster situations. Risk indemnity is additional compensation paid to employees who work in hazardous conditions, extreme physical distress or distress.
After watching Miller’s video, BBC reporter, Luxmy Gopal asked “who orders home delivery in the middle of a flood?”
“It’s time you learned how to cook. Or use the microwave to reheat a frozen meal. It is also okay to eat grains during historic floods, ”author Meera Nair tweeted.
Miller said he was grateful for the recognition given to the concert and delivery workers, who he believes should receive better pay and benefits in disastrous conditions like these.
“The real person to focus on here is the delivery boy. Even without an identity it has sparked the representation of hundreds of insiders and delivery people, “said Miller.” I just hope we can find him and give him the recognition he deserves. “
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