Fayoum discharges three employees for misspelling the Arabic word for ' face mask' as 'garbage'

Ahram Online , Sunday 31 May 2020

Three employees at a local unit in Fayoum governorate have been discharged from their positions on Sunday after they misspelled the Arabic word for "mask" in a memo and as a result called on employees and citizens to put on "garbage" to prevent coronavirus.

The memo was sent to employees of the local unit in El-Misharak Qibli village in Fayoum, and it was supposed to announce that starting Saturday 30 May it will be compulsory to wear a face mask on the unit’s premises upon the prime minister’s instructions to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

The memo misspelled the Arabic word for mask "kemamah" with "qemamah" which means "garbage." 

There were other misspelled words in the memo.

The memo was signed by the head of the local unit and a secretary.

Fayoum Governor Ahmed El-Ansary decided to exempt the head of the local unit, the secretary, and the employee charged with writing the memo from their positions, Al-Ahram reported.

“Spelling mistakes can be overlooked if they don’t affect the content . . . however, not when they ruin the content and its meaning, ” El-Ansary told Sada El-Balad TV Channel on Sunday.

“There is no room for such mistakes at any time and especially amid the coronavirus crisis,” he added.

The employees were replaced and will be investigated by the legal department, according to the governor.

“If someone can’t differentiate between the words kemamah [mask] and qemamah [garbage] then they don’t deserve their positions,” El-Ansary said.

Fayoum is among the top seven Egyptian governorates with the highest number of coronavirus infections.

A graph shared by the health ministry on Sunday showed that Cairo tops Egypt’s governorates in the number of infections with 7,111 cases, followed by Giza with 2,629 cases, Qalioubiya with 1,787, Menoufiya with 1,532, Fayoum with 1,277, Alexandria with 1,078, and Beheira with 988.


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