Even Chuck E. Cheese sent out an email to concerned guests about the novel coronavirus, adding to the list of companies trying to retain customers’ trust—and the list of meme targets.
In the months since the first confirmed case of COVID-19, the viral outbreak has inspired dozens of memes. Jokes centered around working from home, self-quarantining, and toilet paper shortages have been overtaking the internet for weeks.
Now, panicked company emails have inspired the latest coronavirus-themed meme. As businesses close their doors and sporting events, concerts, and other gatherings are canceled worldwide, email inboxes are getting a workout. Whether its notices of closed doors or messages about enhanced cleanliness measures, it seems that every company is determined to send an email.
People have been sharing the contents of their inboxes, and reactions, via social media. "These corporate COVID-19 emails are a stunning reminder of how many unnecessary lists I’m on," ESPN writer Dave Wilson wrote.
In his tweet, Wilson shared a screenshot of an email from Chuck E. Cheese. "As always, the most important priority at Chuck E. Cheese is the safety and the well-being of our guests and cast members," the email reads. "As the novel Coronavirus (or COVID-19) continues to impact the world, I wanted to personally share with you the added precautions we are taking to ensure a clean and sanitary environment as you plan a future visit to any of our locations."
The sentiments are echoed in emails from all kinds of businesses, from grocery stores to restaurants and universities.
One tweet summed it up flawlessly. "Nothing's more reassuring than getting emails from businesses that I frequent telling me that they decided to REALLY START CLEANING now that coronavirus is a thing," Fox 5 DC contributor Tim Young wrote. "WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE???"
"Idk what I wanted to happen during the coronavirus but what I definitely didn’t want was every company whose newsletter I subscribed to as a 12yo to email me what they’re prepared to do for my safety," another person wrote.
"Don't worry," Questionable Content creator Jeph Jacques joked. "We're making our staff dig a big pit out back to 'self-isolate' in when they start displaying symptoms."
"Not to worry," another person added. "We've installed anti-virus software on all employees."
COVID-19 has led to mass cancelation of events, widespread global concern and deaths in the thousands. But you can always count on people online to find the humor.