Over at GI Korea, commenter “Chickenhead” makes what, IMHO, is a very good observation, namely, even if GI crime stats are low, some of the behavior exhibited by American servicemen is just plain irritating. Read the entire comment at GI’s blog, but I’ll post part of it below:
When GIs come to visit me in Real Korea, I have to explain that they can’t do the stuff that, even now, is considered semi-acceptable in the over-restricted villes where the Koreans understand the GI mind… talking to normal Korean girls like bargirls, staring and laughing at poor/funny-looking/Songtan Sally-style women on the street, ten guys crowding into a shop with “Yo, ajashi!”, “SPEAK ENGLISH? NO? NO ENGLISH? Damn.”, constant swearing which Real Koreans also understand but don’t grasp the context, goofing around and standing on public benches or other very non-acceptable Korean behavior, etc., etc., etc.
One or two guys is not really a problem… except for hitting on the girls as if they were as easy as bargirls and mistaking their friendliness for interest… but 4 guys sometimes gets a bit rowdy after a few drinks in an atmosphere where Big Mama USFK ain’t around to watch.
For drunken fights and sexual assaults, GIs would certainly be minority perpetrators… but they would be the most obvious and most remembered… and have the largest impact on the Alliance.
Speaking of GI crimes, a computer engineer with 8th Army was arrested after allegedly causing an accident in Seocho-gu while driving under the influence. The hits just keep on coming…