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Fired for Harlem Shake!
arkter
Gold Coast, Queensland
1240 posts
These guys were just fired for doing the Harlem shake on their lunch break! Thoughts?


05:55pm 01/03/13 Permalink
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thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
10823 posts
I made a Harlem Shake video and I was told at work that I'm fired.

But I'm frequently told I'm fired I just ignore it now.
06:02pm 01/03/13 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36760 posts
I made a Harlem Shake video and I was told at work that I'm fired.

But I'm frequently told I'm fired I just ignore it now.
probably because there's no citing link to back up the firing - AMIRITE?
06:03pm 01/03/13 Permalink
Space Ninja
Sydney, New South Wales
3635 posts
It's one of the stupidest internet fads since planking was popular. It's completely dumb.
06:09pm 01/03/13 Permalink
shad
Brisbane, Queensland
3890 posts
Well if we did the Harlem shake at work, apart from it being totally retarded it would be in breach of rules around security we agreed to in our employee contract.
06:10pm 01/03/13 Permalink
Mantorok
Brisbane, Queensland
6797 posts
High-vis clothing isn't optional on your lunch break.
06:18pm 01/03/13 Permalink
SheerObesity
Melbourne, Victoria
73 posts
It's one of the stupidest internet fads since planking was popular. It's completely dumb.


Hence why their boss fired them. I would have done the same thing
06:22pm 01/03/13 Permalink
meh
Brisbane, Queensland
27 posts
if they were really fired for doing this on their lunch break then there bosses are a pack of c**** who arnt worth working for anyway.
06:41pm 01/03/13 Permalink
infi
Brisbane, Queensland
19560 posts
I LOLD
06:52pm 01/03/13 Permalink
evıs
Brisbane, Queensland
6626 posts
[Citation needed]
06:59pm 01/03/13 Permalink
demon
Brisbane, Queensland
7101 posts
as harmless as it seems i have been told by mates that work in the mines that any sorta shenanagins that make it look like you aren't taking the job seriously will get you fired. as mantorok alluded to... even taking off your hi-vis during a break is a fireable offence. that's why i don't work in the mines.. f*** that lameness.
06:59pm 01/03/13 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
35254 posts
i would have fired them for making a lame harlem shake.
07:22pm 01/03/13 Permalink
deadlyf
Queensland
2962 posts
I would have fired them for being Australian and wanting a fair wage and then imported some Indians paid in rice to take their place.
07:47pm 01/03/13 Permalink
infi
Brisbane, Queensland
19561 posts
what's a fair wage?
07:48pm 01/03/13 Permalink
redhat
Sydney, New South Wales
906 posts
what's a fair wage?


20% of the average house price of the closest city to where you work per annum
08:30pm 01/03/13 Permalink
Rdizz
Germany
2337 posts
s-n-a-p
08:37pm 01/03/13 Permalink
FaceMan
Brisbane, Queensland
9957 posts
why do those guys have no shirts on and where are the girls ?
just sayin'
08:39pm 01/03/13 Permalink
infi
Brisbane, Queensland
19562 posts
20% of the average house price of the closest city to where you work per annum


for everyone? everyone just gets the same wage... right...
09:18pm 01/03/13 Permalink
reload!
Brisbane, Queensland
7217 posts
better harlem shake
09:23pm 01/03/13 Permalink
crazymorton
Brisbane, Queensland
3944 posts
Blatant breach of various safety regs there.

Get rid of them before someone des.
09:29pm 01/03/13 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
35255 posts
best harlem shake was cronulla sharks imo

09:35pm 01/03/13 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
8650 posts
Why is this a thing...?
09:40pm 01/03/13 Permalink
Saint
Cainer
Brisbane, Queensland
3250 posts
I thought the nursing home one was kinda cool:



Same nursing home did this video I believe which I thought was awesome as well:

10:20pm 01/03/13 Permalink
kos
Germany
2554 posts
for everyone? everyone just gets the same wage... right...

Lol, way to have an argument that no one else is having infi. There's a pretty massive difference in meaning between "wanting a fair wage" and saying every single person should get the same wage. You can relax, the terrifying Communist threat is long gone.


Back OT though, the Harlem Shake fad falls a bit flat for me cause all the videos are rather samey, but I did like this one just for the epic-ness:
10:33pm 01/03/13 Permalink
BOHEMION
Brisbane, Queensland
583 posts
why do those guys have no shirts on and where are the girls ?


Whoa! That's a Faceman OH SNAP!
10:39pm 01/03/13 Permalink
ravn0s
Brisbane, Queensland
16726 posts
10:41pm 01/03/13 Permalink
hardware
Brisbane, Queensland
10496 posts
20% of the average house price of the closest city to where you work per annum
thats.. thats....
surprisingly accurate. This should serve as a median for anyone wondering if they're getting paid enough.
10:52pm 01/03/13 Permalink
fpot
Gold Coast, Queensland
22322 posts
I still literally have no idea what the harlem shake is because I haven't clicked on a harlem shake video yet.

I like it that way.
11:04pm 01/03/13 Permalink
WirlWind
Central Coast, New South Wales
560 posts
They were probably fired because their boss is f*****g sick of the stupid old-hack meme.

The first few times were lolworthy, but this is like planking x2000 in terms of s***ness -_-
11:07pm 01/03/13 Permalink
Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
7362 posts
I don't understand it at all, but was pretty impressed with the amount of effort that somebody went to in drawing this:

12:01am 02/03/13 Permalink
Insom
Canada
4211 posts
whats a harlem shake
12:15am 02/03/13 Permalink
Zakson
Gold Coast, Queensland
372 posts
I don't get it, did the term "epileptic seizure" suddenly become politically incorrect?
12:45am 02/03/13 Permalink
HERMITech
Brisbane, Queensland
8159 posts
The Harlem shake is what occurs when dub step re-enactors attempt to recreate a typical mosh pit scenario while observing the cotton wool placenta.
01:54am 02/03/13 Permalink
Some Fat Bastard
Brisbane, Queensland
1298 posts
even taking off your hi-vis during a break is a fireable offence. that's why i don't work in the mines..
That's not entirely true. If you predominately work in the office (admin, engineers, planning etc) you don't have to have your hi-vis on in the office obviously, only when moving around site.
02:16am 02/03/13 Permalink
Creepy
USA
2041 posts
ITT: Old people that don't get internet fads.

The YouTube easter egg is a winner.
02:58am 02/03/13 Permalink
Infidel
Netherlands
4033 posts
03:10am 02/03/13 Permalink
Opec
Brisbane, Queensland
7734 posts
i would have fired them for making a lame harlem shake.


this.
10:03am 02/03/13 Permalink
Saint
Cainer
Brisbane, Queensland
3251 posts
Go to Youtube and search for "do the harlem shake" and wait a bit. For the lazy
10:04am 02/03/13 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
8653 posts
ITT: Old people that don't get internet fads.The YouTube easter egg is a winner.

It's a pretty lame "fad".
10:13am 02/03/13 Permalink
Infidel
Netherlands
4034 posts
I thought these fads were kind of lame, but all of these do the harlem shakes are freakin awesome :) probably cause I live in the original Haarlem
10:15am 02/03/13 Permalink
orbitor
Brisbane, Queensland
8936 posts
so much bitterness, much better to sit behind your keyboard saying how old and lame everything is then just enjoy silliness for the hell of it.
10:44am 02/03/13 Permalink
Infidel
Netherlands
4035 posts
I reckon those guys that got fired should form a new party, they have the right idea
11:25am 02/03/13 Permalink
natslovR
Sydney, New South Wales
8127 posts
The youtube easter egg is awesome. I've enjoyed these videos. Pretty cool for something that supposedly started in QLD.

These guys could be in trouble too, for doing it on a US flight.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/todayinthesky/2013/03/01/faa-investigates-harlem-shake-skit-on-frontier-airlines-flight/1955937/
02:05pm 02/03/13 Permalink
ravn0s
Brisbane, Queensland
16729 posts
omfg

He also suggested it could be used as a ruse by terrorists.
02:19pm 02/03/13 Permalink
MARLINBLADE
Queensland
527 posts
One place you don't f*** around is mine sites. It's all about safety, procedures, rules and regs... Anyone that doesn't follow the rules will get the sack, so i don't feel sorry for the blokes in the op, just happy for anyone that was working with them cause anyone who doesn't follow the rules is a risk to their fellow workers...

Imo this harlem shake fad is pretty funny tho... good laugh and def lol worthy... as are goat remixes
06:20pm 02/03/13 Permalink
Khel
Brisbane, Queensland
20717 posts
Haha, that youtube one is pretty great.

But yeah, the videos are getting a bit old now and repetitive
06:43pm 02/03/13 Permalink
ara
Sydney, New South Wales
3613 posts
probably because there's no citing link to back up the firing - AMIRITE?


http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/business/a/-/national/16279456/wa-miners-sacked-for-harlem-shake/

11:23pm 02/03/13 Permalink
shad
Brisbane, Queensland
3891 posts
Breach of OHS and also ethics. When you make CEO's personally responsible and liable for OHS breaches then they tend to take it pretty seriously and drive that down the chain.
11:32pm 02/03/13 Permalink
CHUB
Brisbane, Queensland
8776 posts
The unnamed worker said up to 15 people were sacked, including a handful who watched the stunt as it was performed but who did not participate.
Sacked for watching?
12:22am 03/03/13 Permalink
IVY_MiKe
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
1406 posts
Sacked for watching?


Ab-so-f*****g-lutely.

Unless you can prove you were 'unduly forced to watch on despite your protesting' you should be given the sack.

WHS is everybody's game. I'm not surprised that these guys should have some 'hoops to jump through' (including, but not limited to, doing s*** that is retarded on a job site.)

On face value it seems like a knee-jerk reaction; however there are workplaces that would just as soon fire you on the spot for CARRYING a mobile phone (regardless of whether or not it is in an 'active call' or even if it is off.)

If the policy somewhere down the pages states 'thou shall not do stupid s*** on a work-site' then you'll find that the employee's out on their asses won't be surprised by the decision at all.
12:32am 03/03/13 Permalink
Infidel
Netherlands
4036 posts
A warning of some kind would have been nicer, would be bad if one mistake like this jeoperdised chances of gaining employment again
01:01am 03/03/13 Permalink
Mordecai
Victoria
1522 posts
One of my favourites

06:46am 03/03/13 Permalink
orbitor
Brisbane, Queensland
8937 posts
A warning of some kind would have been nicer, would be bad if one mistake like this jeoperdised chances of gaining employment again


They are in an underground mine. They would get warnings every single day, if not multiple times per day. underground mines are f*****g dangerous places and the rules are there for good reason.
09:03am 03/03/13 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
13372 posts
As for the watching it and doing nothing. I would argue that I was forced to watch it through fear of difficult to show evidence of retribution by the work colleagues. So if I said to stop, I risk being singled out of a group of people I must work very closely with daily.
These people already show their complacency of work health related matters, bullying a person for trying to stop it wouldn't be out of the question. Therefore you did the best option available to you, a quite protest by not participating in the event.

Something like that anyway, a good lawyer could make it read nicely.
10:36am 03/03/13 Permalink
GarnGit
Mackay, Queensland
148 posts
Anything battery-powered and not intrinsically safe i.e. smart-phones, cameras, watches etc., are a BIG no-no underground for obvious reasons.
05:59pm 03/03/13 Permalink
GarnGit
Mackay, Queensland
149 posts
Therefore you did the best option available to you, a quite protest by not participating in the event.Something like that anyway, a good lawyer could make it read nicely.


This would not wash with the Courts if you knew about the event. Duty of Care prevails above all else. In other words, did you discharge your Duty of Care to your fellow workers by not saying anything to them?
06:10pm 03/03/13 Permalink
GarnGit
Mackay, Queensland
150 posts
A warning of some kind would have been nicer, would be bad if one mistake like this jeoperdised chances of gaining employment again


You don't get a warning when the gas goes BOOM!
06:16pm 03/03/13 Permalink
Tollaz0r!
Brisbane, Queensland
13374 posts

In other words, did you discharge your Duty of Care to your fellow workers by not saying anything to them?


Does duty of care not first apply to yourself?
10:17pm 03/03/13 Permalink
Obes
Brisbane, Queensland
9947 posts
I thought these fads were kind of lame, but all of these do the harlem shakes are freakin awesome :) probably cause I live in the original Haarlem

Yet to see anything approaching awesome.
10:31pm 03/03/13 Permalink
Creepy
USA
2051 posts
Heh. The Simpsons episode tonight (US FOX) had Harlem Shake as the couch gag...
03:14pm 04/03/13 Permalink
The GuVna
Brisbane, Queensland
1920 posts
heh Creepy beat me :P

09:41pm 04/03/13 Permalink
Obes
Brisbane, Queensland
9949 posts
Ok the Simpson's one I get ... because it is Simpsons...
09:45pm 04/03/13 Permalink
Mantorok
Brisbane, Queensland
6802 posts
This is the best Harlem Shake video:
05:02pm 06/03/13 Permalink
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