One of the the things that irks me about Korea is, oddly, also something that can make it endearing. I’m talking about the lack of professionism and/or casualness in the way business is conducted. It can be very strange when it’s in circumstances where the manager of a store or fast food place is chilling their friend behind the counter and basically ignores you, but can lead to happy surprises too.
For instance, today Ricky and I went to buy some glasses and the man working there insisted on giving us $8 off our combined purchases as well as pushing a big bagful of cherry tomatoes on us.
Nowhere back home would anyone do that. In fact if anyone tried to force fresh food into your hands in a ghetto plastic bag you probably wouldn’t touch it. But here, there’s no reason to be suspicious – they’re honestly just being kind.
Also never would you see a manager just knock off some dollars from the price for no reason: it’s a business transaction with a set price back home, no generosity included.
So I’m definitely going to miss stuff like that. Oh quirky Korea.