IRRITATED television viewers may have little sympathy, but 20 workers in South Africa have lost their jobs – just for blowing their vuvuzelas.
All 20 waiters at a steakhouse restaurant were all fired after three of them used the controversial horns to celebrate South Africa’s opening goal of the World Cup.
A pre-tournament meeting had apparently instructed Tulsa Spur employees in Witbank, Mpumalanga, only to blow the vuvuzelas outside – to avoid annoying diners.
But three could not control themselves when Siphiwe Tshabalala scored against Mexico last Friday – though they insist they went outdoors first.
One said: ‘We did as asked.
‘We were surprised when the manager stormed out, grabbed our vuvuzelas, smashed them and then fired us.’
Owner Gerhard Bouwer insisted he did not know of any agreement about blowing the instruments outside, saying: ‘They disobeyed a direct order that they shouldn’t watch TV and blow vuvuzelas.’