A group of employees dressed in suits were asked by their boss to kneel on an overpass for 60 minutes as punishment for not finishing their work tasks, Xiamen Daily reports. The story has received more than 100 thousand views since it was published online this week.
According to the report, each person had paper placed in front of them reading: “Kneeling down voluntarily on the bridge for one hour as a punishment for unfinished tasks”.
Ju Donghong, a law school teacher in Jimei University, told Xiamen daily: “Their company might be legally responsible for such punishments if it was found to have coerced its employees to do so. If it’s not voluntary, then it violates their rights as people”.
The story received floods of comments from web users sympathizing with the workers. “It’s so humiliating to kneel in front of the public. If I was one of them, I’d rather quit this job,” one netizen said.
While some people wondered whether it was some kind of business promotion put on by the company, others were critical of the workers themselves. “These employees have no guts,” one netizen said. “They will do anything as ordered”.
by Luke Sun
[Images from NetEase via Xiamen Daily]