The Harlem Shake is the new dance craze sweeping the world, but it’s ended up being more trouble than it’s worth for some. After Australian miners posted a video of them doing the Shake underground, the 15 people involved were fired from their high-paying jobs.
The problem? The dance performed at the Agnew gold mine was a violation of mining company Barminco’s safety standards, the company claims. The West Australian has the dismissal letter that was sent to the eight miners in the video and seven alleged bystanders.
In it, Barmino said that the Harlem Shake video is a breach of the company’s “core values of safety, integrity and excellence”. The letter said that Barminco would not allow the workers involved in the video “to be subcontracted by Barminco at any site domestically and globally.” A worker taking off his protective equipment so that the Barminco name didn’t appear in the video caused part of the safety violation.
Some of the fired employees are reportedly considering legal action against Barminco, but this isn’t the only trouble the Harlem Shake has caused. The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a video that showed a full Frontier Airlines flight doing the Harlem Shake mid-air.