Some of the El Monte lifeguards who were fired last summer for taping a "Gangham Style'' video at the city pool have been quietly rehired, and then quietly resigned, it was reported Wednesday.
The video went viral, the city council came down on them, and the flap went worldwide last summer. Thirteen lifeguards were let go by the small municipality, 16 miles east of Los Angeles, in September in a move that made
news around the globe.
The Los Angeles Times reported today that city officials interviewed the fired lifeguards and offered some of them their seasonal jobs back. City officials were not clear how many offers have been made.
Michael Roa told The Times that being rehired allowed him to resign from the city post and ``move on and apply for other jobs.''
Another lifeguard, Daniel Surmenian, told the newspaper he also resigned and is looking to put his new chemical engineering degree to work.
Roa, who is a graduate student at the University of La Verne, lives with his parents and has applied to be a lifeguard or swim instructor elsewhere.
"We can't lie on our application,'' he told The Times. ``Employers figure out we've been fired, no one wants to give us a chance.''
- City News Service