PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 January, 2013, 12:03pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 January, 2013, 3:18pm

Restaurant training, North Korean-style (video)


Amy Li began her journalism career as a crime news reporter in Queens, New York, in 2004. She joined Reuters in Beijing in 2008 as a multimedia editor. Amy taught journalism at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu before joining SCMP in Hong Kong in 2012. She is now an online news editor for Amy can be reached at, or follow her on Twitter @AmyLiSCMP

It's hard to tell whether it's a restaurant or a military camp with soldiers dressed as waitresses, said viewers.

In this video clip, which has gone viral on China's social media, young waitresses in a restaurant in China's northern Liaoning province are seen going through quasi-military style training: chanting slogans, dancing, singing and excerising as they take orders from a female trainer.

After finding out that Dandong city, where the restaurant is located on the border with North Korea, many commentators called it  "North Korean-style" training.

While the purpose is obviously to train staff to perform better at their jobs, many netizens, after watching the video, found the training methods absurd.   

"Why not send them to Diaoyu Islands?" said one netizen jokingly on Weibo, China's twitter-like service.  "They will surely be prepared after this training."

"Are they trying to serve customers or scare them?", asked another netizen.

Others say the video reflects the pressure China's private businesses face in a competitive environment. Some even compared it with the controversial management style of Foxconn Technology Group. 

"They are trying to improve efficiency by destroying humanity, " said a Weibo user.



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