malias posted a photo of an indeterminate shop’s staff on parade, getting a pep talk, out the front of the shop:
It’s interesting to visit this photo’s home page on Flickr and click on All Sizes link to see this in the largest size. At that size, you can clearly see the facial expressions of the staff and it’s quite interesting (not funny as in some of the previous photos I’ve mentioned), but interesting nonetheless.
It is actually quite common to see restaurant staff on parade, but it’s not restricted to restaurants. Managers love nothing better than getting their staff out on the street and chewing them out! It’s just like they are in the military and are on parade.
It’s quite amusing to watch. It’s the little things like this that make living in China great. You just never know what you’re going to see when you go for a walk.
Here’s another photo, this time by Darren On The Road:
Nearby, in front of a Korean resturant, the waitstaff stood in formation while what I could only assume was the manager drilled them. He would yell something then his partner would yell "ee, ar, san" (1,2,3) and then the whole group would repeat was the first instructor said. I also saw them marching in formation.
Of course, this would never happen in the West. The restaurant staff in the picture would be paid a pittance – maybe 800 yuan a month. No one I know would stand on ‘parade’ while the manager yelled at – not for minimum wage anyway.