By Tom Bannister
Over the weekend we reported the story of the Shanghai weatherman who was caught playing an online game while his boss stood next to him giving a TV weather report. Now, in a move that will send Chinese office workers everywhere scrambling to press Ctrl-F4, the unlucky gamer has been suspended from his job.
A video of the news report appeared online that clearly showed the offending gamer playing the popular online fantasy card game ‘Sanguosha’ in the office of the Shanghai Meteorological Bureau. This attracted a huge amount of online scorn as netizens debated the work ethic and productivity of the Chinese office.
Yesterday afternoon the bureau gave its response to the video, confirming that the man was an employee of a subsidiary company that they worked with. They said that the weather report had actually been recorded during the employee’s lunch-break, “which is approximately between half 11 and 12”.
Nevertheless they said that playing computer games in the workspace was behaviour that “seriously violated work regulations” and that the employee had been removed from his post so that an investigation could be carried out. They also said that the office management will be taking measures to stop something similar from occurring again and that a notice would be issued stating that future incidences would be treated very seriously.