Can you fined for being too good-looking? Well, no, but in this airport staff’s case, netizens claimed he had his salary deducted for his good looks.
The 25-year-old technician found newfound fame after a video of him walking on Xiamen’s airport tarmac taken by a passenger went viral. Many claimed he looked like Song Joong Ki in Descendants of the Sun, and we must admit that the resemblance was uncanny.
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However, after the video had more than 1 million views, he reportedly had 10% of his salary deducted for breaking the company’s code of conduct – his employers claimed his appearance was not ideal, since he had his shirt half-tucked and was walking around with his a hand in his pocket.
He was given the penalty because the video had been widely shared and viewed by a lot of people.
According to China News Service, the company notice wrote, “Taking into consideration the influential impact this video has made, the aggravated penalty must be applied.”
Some people claimed his bosses were jealous of his fame, but the technician is not taking it to heart. The news site reported him uploading a post on his Weibo page, which currently has more than 50,000 followers, saying, “Honestly, I still feel quite happy because it is not easy to become so famous that quickly. My company did nothing wrong, it was my fault for not keeping with the correct standards in terms of dress code and behavior. Please don’t bombard the passenger who uploaded the video online. I never blamed her, because she didn’t mean to cause me any harm.”
However, it seemed like he got tired of his fame after a short period of time, as it also came with unwanted attention. A few days ago, he wrote on his Weibo, “I’m so tired of the internet. The recent experience has been the most unforgettable for me in 20 years, but I don’t want to be famous. I just want to be an ordinary person. Thank you everyone for liking me, but I think I’m more suited to be an ordinary person. For many days, other people has been asking me who much I’ve earned [from my newfound dame], but I’ll tell you now, I haven’t even earned a single penny. Although a lot of people have approached me, I turned them down because I have my own job.”
He added, “So let me live quietly. The WeChat group has been dissolved, and the Weibo group will be disbanded. If anyone wants to know anything about me, please message me privately. I will still reply to you. Hope to have your understanding.”