Australian gold miners fired over ‘Harlem Shake’ video

By Daniel S Levine,

You know the “Harlem Shake” meme has gone too far when people start getting fired for it. A group of Australian gold miners are the latest to get in trouble for their video, because dancing underground is a safety hazard.

According to The Associated Press, up to 15 miners at the Agnew Gold Mine were canned from their high-paying jobs last week. A local newspaper said that some of those fired weren’t even featured in the video. They simply sat and watched their co-workers dance.

The owner of the mine called the dance a safety concern, noting that it went against the “core values of safety, integrity and excellence.”

Entertainment Weekly reports that the following video is what got the miners in trouble. In it, the miners are dancing shirtless underground, using their equipment as props.

This news comes after the FAA said that it will investigate a “Harlem Shake” video taken while a flight was in the air.

Sure, the “Harlem Shake” may be fun, but it’s probably not a good idea to put your job at risk to star in the next video. There are already over 4,000 up on YouTube, after all.



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