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'Gangnam Style' El Monte lifeguards rehired by city, then resign

An El Monte lifeguard is seen underwater during a video the group made using the popular 'Gangnam Style' song. The lifeguards were later fired for making the video.

December 6, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
Thirteen El Monte lifeguards who were fired after a video spoof made national headlines were rehired and promptly resigned Thursday.

The lifeguards produced a video parody of Korean pop song "Gangnam Style" on the premises of a city pool while wearing their city lifeguard uniforms. They were fired for unauthorized use of city facilities.

Their firing brought an uproar in the community at city council meetings. Supporters felt the punishment was too severe.

One of the lifeguards confirmed to Eyewitness News that 13 of the 14 lifeguards involved in the controversy submitted resignation letters.

City officials had been meeting with the lifeguards individually to discuss whether they wanted to return to their jobs or resign.