Electronics store makes interviewee dance to Daft Punk

A UK man says that Currys electronics store humiliated him by making him dance for a job. The store subsequently apologizes.

The incomparable dance maestro, David Brent. BBC/YouTube Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Let's discuss the word "daft."

It is a very English -- Ye Olde English -- word that some would translate as "foolish." And others would translate as "utterly, mindbendingly insane."

There is a band called Daft Punk, which, though French, got its name when an English music magazine described the music its members originally created as "daft punk."

Here is the denouement: It's a daft idea to get an interviewee to dance to Daft Punk.

When I say "interviewee," I don't mean interviewing for a place in the band. I mean interviewing for a job in an electronics store.

Yet 21-year-old Alan Bacon insisted that is exactly what people at the Currys Megastore in Cardiff, Wales made him do.

As the BBC reports, Bacon is a university graduate who loves cameras.

He ended up being asked to do a cameo that seemed to come straight from the original series of "The Office." (Embedded here for you to dance along)

This, it should be said, was a group interview. During it, he said the group was split in two and asked to invent a dance.

"They were serious," he told the BBC. "All professionalism went out of the window. I'd spent the past week researching the company and looking forward to being able to express myself and talk about what I love doing."

How did he end up expressing himself?

"I just felt so embarrassed and uncomfortable. I ended up dancing to 'Around the World' by Daft Punk, doing rubbish robotics in my suit in front of a group of strangers," he said.

Perhaps even afterward, he hoped he was being punk'd.

Sadly, not only was he appalled, he didn't get the job. He is still unemployed.

Currys, perhaps attempting to limit the damage of its punky daftness, told the BBC that it would invite all the dancers back for some karaoke.

I'm sorry, I meant for another interview.

A company spokesman added: "Regrettably, the store in question did not follow our official recruitment processes on this specific occasion. We are currently investigating those members of the store who held the recruitment session."

Naturally, I have an idea. Should Bacon and his fellow dancers return for a second chance, perhaps the Currys staff responsible should perform a routine for them.

Perhaps to the tune of Daft Punk's "Lose Yourself To Dance."

This might be filmed and then projected for one month on every screen in every Currys throughout Wales.

It's a daft idea, but I think it might catch on.

 

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