When a group of lifeguards and water safety instructors for the El Monte Aquatic Center got fired for making a video spoofing the hyper-viral "Gangnam Style" pop music video, no one disputed that they had violated city regulations. Even the college-age part-time employees themselves admitted that their video, intended as a fun memento of a summer at the pool, was, as a city statement says, "an unauthorized use of city resources and property." (The resources? The pool and their red swimsuits.)
They should have been disciplined in some way for their misdeeds. But firing them seems like an outsized punishment for making an innocuous video, dubbed "Lifeguard Style," the most offensive part of which was some uncoordinated dancing.
Public employees shouldn't be using public resources for their own amusement or enrichment. At a time when small cities are being scrutinized for excesses and embezzlement, municipal governments should be vigilant. But this transgression hardly rises to the level of a Bell-type scandal, and these college kids seem to have thought only that they were being clever. Or more to the point, they didn't really think at all about what they were doing.
Also, they apparently forgot the work agreement they signed, including the part about unauthorized use of city property being "cause for disciplinary action."