Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Drill Instructors vs Starbucks

An, er, unique part of China life is watching a ragtag bunch of retail employees being put through their paces. Here the staff of a local department store were marching back and forth whilst the security guards barked orders at them.

Looking at the casually dressed yoofs lolloping about, it didn't appear to be of much value given that the barista confirmed that they go through this every day.

I've seen people from the local foot massage place running in unison round the block and waitresses and busboys all in a line receiving the daily lecture (which, I believe, is typically the same lecture every single day). I've suggested to my employees that we might do the same but oddly they don't seem too keen.

3 comments:

D said...

The staff at a local hair dressers have to stand outside at the front of the store around closing time while they get the talk, then music comes on and everyone has to dance the same as the boss... I think this is a good idea, can't we do it? please!?!

DB said...

A 'real' hairdressers?

D said...

Yep, real, bright lights, boys with crazy hair and girls in purple suit style uniforms, hairdressers...