Pink Slips for 'Planking' on the Job [Video]

Planking on the JobWhat started as "The Lying Down Game" a few years ago in Australia has recently resurfaced with a new name. The idea behind "planking" is simple. People take turns lying down, face down, with their hands at their sides and toes pointed down. A friend then snaps a photo to upload to a Facebook fan page where over 300,000 fans can critique and "Like" the photo. Obviously, the more public or wild the location, the better.

This viral fad has some employers scratching their heads and concerned about it as a matter of safety in the workplace. After one Australian man fell to his death while planking on a seventh-story balcony, employers are taking action.

Woolworths, the largest employer in Australia, fired eight workers in mid-May for allegedly breaking health and safety rules while planking. Two employees were fired from Santos, an Australian oil and gas company, for planking on top of a smokestack at a company plant.

If you haven't seen examples of this peculiar fad, check out the videos below. But remember, if you choose to plank at work ... keep it H.R. appropriate.

Planking at Work - and Getting Away With It

Planking at the Mall

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Dollar Loan Center is hosting a Planking contest right now on Facebook. You can win $100 for entering.

October 20 2011 at 2:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

1.) Stop "waisting" your "valuable" time? I made no references to anyone's waist; Nobody
forces anyone to read anything; You most likely meant *wasting*...why don't you spend
some of that "valuable" time & learn the English language, esp., spelling! By the way,
thanks for reminding me how many people in this country have very low attention spans;
My apologies for MAKING you read MORE THAN a couple sentences!

2.) You don't get it? OK, I'll spell it out for you - its called: S-A-R-C-A-S-M, as an alternative
to any [possible] profanity. It (planking) is the real joke - when it warrants an article on it &
Yes, I chose to read it...Since there are several shows that copy the original American
Idiot or, excuse me - Idol, I figured someone could possibly "copy" the same format with
some other useless garbage---the Planker edition. Its also a critique on what (today) is
considered so-called Entertainment; This planking is just another example...

September 20 2011 at 8:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't get it !!!!

September 19 2011 at 1:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brian Workman

Stop waisting my valuable time!

September 18 2011 at 11:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Int4Scorpio23 all means keep posing with this "NON-activity"; In fact, don't stop there...why don't you get [any] three [ego-tistical] "STOOGES"-----tell them you've got an idea for a new reality series & say you
need "JUDGES" (*just tell 'em they were chosen because they're "EXPERTS" - they'll buy IT!); In fact,
they can be [even more] self-important than all the people who walk around with their cell-phones 'glued to the side of their faces'-(with driving optional - NOT because of safety reasons, just because they "feel" they are entitled!), anyway, its a good place to start. You will have NO problem getting people to believe their opinion is Sooo important. You have the idea now? Correct, get the (3) idiots to sit at the judges' tables, have a show full of "exciting" plankers just waitin' to be judged; Hey, this sounds familiar...yes - just follow the same format of the other shows: "*The AMERICAN IDIOT" -Planker edition; There are several shows run like this, it would just be a variation. [For marketing purchases, have the Plankers for the 1st half - followed by the second half of the show (the Spankers)---where the losers actually get 'spanked' by the idiot judges!] OK, then, after you have a cluster of these shows, put 'em altogether & create: The Brain Dead Network! You charge people to watch, however, for The B.D.N. ==>in HD<== have to charge the viewers more.
Does this sound too ridiculous to you? Think again - a fad/craze - for being catatonic. Pictures of this being uploaded/downloaded and have it going viral?? Either people are that friggin' bored--or--are so
easily "entertained" by excrement. Hey, maybe the terrorists will think Americans are brain-dead.....?

September 18 2011 at 1:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


September 18 2011 at 10:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sorry! But, this "Planking", is now so "Last Thursday"!
"Planking", (the art of looking like an absolute MORON, while in a prone position), recently replaced "Coning", as the latest fad, (look up "Fad-Coning", if not familiar with this other, idiotic and inane "fad")
Now, since 5 days or 6 days have gone by, "Planking" is no longer,"COOL" and you're considered :"not with it", if you'e still doing it.
Nowwwwwwwwwwww, in order to be considered "ultra hip", "COOL" and worthy of being allowed into a Starbucks, trough their front doors, one must be taking up................"Owling"!!
Yes, :Owlling". Basically, it's more or less exactly like "planking"..............("you make yourself look super stupid, so your "friend" can take a picture of you looking really stupid), but with "Owling", you're positioned like,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,what else............"an owl"........."perched" on some odd or dangerous surface, (while your "friend", takes more pictures of you, looking "upright and really, really, stupid", as opposed to being prone and really, really, stupid looking!
I predict that this "Owling" will last just about 4 or 5 days, before the newest fad. "STANDING", becomes "the latest cool"!?!

July 17 2011 at 11:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Uh kay...planking on the floor does not count. It's not planking, it's retardation.

June 14 2011 at 12:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This is hilarious. I would def enjoy a good planking session. The video at the mall is great. Be safe about it and have fun. A sense of humor in life is key :)

June 13 2011 at 10:23 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

It's almost as stupid as blogging about it... myself include.

June 13 2011 at 6:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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