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Korean woman goes ajumma on TSA agent, earns my undying respect

Hyunjoo Kim! Hyunjoo Kim!

A South Korean woman was arrested in Florida after allegedly attacking two airport TSA agents who tried to give her a pat down and told her that her bottles of lotion were too big.

Police in Orlando say Hyunjoo Kim, 39, slapped one TSA officer before shoving another several times in the chest in an attempt to get her bag back on Wednesday morning.

Kim was described becoming upset initially over a pat down when entering a passenger checkpoint at the Orlando International Airport.

I’m so proud of Kim, I’m not even going to ask what the big bottles of lotion are all about.

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  • SalarymaninSeoul

    she has my fullest respect. These government backed molesters need to be attacked more often.

  • http://www.bcarr.com/ Brendon Carr

    Ajummas love, love, love lotion. They believe the more lotion is applied, the better the result.

  • http://twitter.com/BROMOTORBOAT Kevin Landry

    the lotion bomber!!

  • Jang

    “Kim was arrested and charged with two counts of battery on transit agents.Kim asked that South Korean government officials not be notified of her arrest, records show.”

    She’s sounds like a lunatic so why are you “proud of her”?

  • Koreandumbdumb

    Seriously, I think she should be arrested and rot in jail for one year for assaulting an officer.   She should learn America is not a banana republic like Korea.   Slap a law officer.   She may work in criminal industry or have something to hide.   Just an ugly Korean testing American rules and system.   Just throw her into prison.  

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Korean woman goes ajumma on TSA agent, earns my undying respect

    Really???  While committing an infraction that could have possibly endangered others, she assaulted two agents, and she has earned your undying respect???

    If she thought that she had been treated inappropriately, there are channels to go through and legal recourse.  Would any of us earn your undying respect if we go ajusshi American on a Korean who breaks the law and takes an aggressive or endangering action against ourselves or our families?

    You might ask, “what other recourse does she legitimately have?”  Well, for one she could tell her story to any one of the national papers here.  They would certainly give her plenty of ink, blow her side way out of proportion, and urge candlelight vigils.  

  • que337

    Ms. Kim might have misunderstood “t[w]o big” “bottles of lotion” as expression of harassment that could implies her boobs.

  • Lobster

    Lighten up. It’s a joke from the looks of it.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Which part of it is a joke from the looks of it?

    ‘TSA takes the safety of our Officers very seriously and any physical assault on our Officers will be referred for criminal prosecution,’ the TSA released in a statement on Thursday.

    Perhaps you should let the Florida prosecutors in on the punchline.

  • YangachiBastardo

    You’re not totally wrong, she acted like a dumbass and should be charged for that. Said so i personally refuse to visit any country where they hire illiterate thugs for TSA positions. If i visit a foreign nation, i expect to be treated with civility, if they don’t want me around, i can stay away.

    My last belief-defying experience was in the Philippines where, upon leaving, i was charged an exit-fee. I wonder to this day what would have happened if i refused to pay the money (or didn’t have it)…thrown to rot in prison ? Forced labour camp  ? Who knows. It was the only stain in an otherwise marvelous week-long stay

    Happy New Year Everybody

  • Richard

    While the TSA seems to have more then its fair share of thieves, they love iPads, and lack common sense, assault is no laughing matter.
    The whole system needs an overhaul but violence is not the answer.

  • La Viajera Morena

    That is quite funny. I don’t understand what’s the big deal with taking away lotion anyway.

  • mickster2

    Exactly.

  • Koreandumbdumb

    She did not go “ajumma”.  Ajummas are cool.   She went “trailer park bunny” (low class whore).  She looks like one too.

  • cactusmcharris

    She seemed to act like a total jerk, and she got what total jerks get (and should get more often). Because of her selfishness, she’s in a bad place. Everybody do some lotion hwaiiiiiiting.

  • http://www.zenkimchi.com/FoodJournal ZenKimchi

    I think we’re confused on the definition of banana republic. It’s sorta the other way around.

  • dlbarch

    Let’s not rule out the possibility of a racial component to all this. The two TSA agents involved were named Janine Pagan and Pamela Soto…both Spanish and/or Cuban last names. And recall that this occurred at a Florida airport.

    IF, and I stress IF, Ms. Kim’s attack was racially motivated, then her libertarian stand against The Man would seem far less heroic.

    DLB

  • Railwaycharm

    The TSA are not officers, they are government thugs installed to make free travel more difficult. Big government. Why is it Korea can keep their airports secure without installing a new agency of government minion? Bannana republic not!

  • que337

    Racism at airports still exists.  A couple of days ago at Sendai airport, a Korean citizen was trying to enter through immigration desk for Japanese citizens because he had to speak for his 2 year-old daughter of Japanese citizenship who could not communicate with officers.  He was forced to stand with his (Japanese) daughter on a long line for immigration desk for foreigners for the reason that he is a Korean, which he has never experienced at other airports, such as Tokyo, Fukushima, or Osaka.

    http://news.nate.com/view/20121230n10216?mid=n0507

  • cactusmcharris

     And the TSA was brought to us courtesy of the Bush Administration, wasn’t it? Funny how Republicans decry Big Government when it inconveniences them….

  • dlbarch

    Not just GOP types, CMcH. I find it delicious that (mostly) white, privileged libertarians talk about the TSA almost exactly the same way that (mostly) minority, inner-city types talk about the cops.

    …which, if it leads to one group kinda, sorta getting a glimpse of how the other group lives, might not be an altogether bad thing.

    DLB

  • cactusmcharris

     David, I deplore NIMBYs and their ilk from both sides of the aisles, I was just giving Railway a wee spot of bother to add to his (IIRC) tears for the Repubs. But that’s a insightful observation there. Personally, I’ve never had a problem – in fact the TSA helped me get a bottle of good tequila from my carry-on to my luggage once, so I got nothing negative to use personally.

  • Railwaycharm

    You are correct that Bush fucked-up many things. It is the political correctness that falls down. When Arabs get through unchecked yet Granny gets groped, that is wrong. The problem is your liberal political correctness! Own it.

  • cactusmcharris

     I’m not PC, Railway, and another thing I don’t like to see is a WWII veteran couple get secondarily-searched because of the ‘no profiling’ rule. However, to the TSA’s credit (or dumb luck – likely somewhere in-between), we haven’t had another incident on US soil (knocks on wood for the next decade), have we? Surely some of that has to be due to its competency, don’t you think?

  • 코리아

    Ah, so TSA thugs are alright as long as they are directed only at those who look significantly “Arab” enough for you? I don’t agree with the current airport security measures whatsoever (there’s technology for better security that is less intrusive and lower lifetime costs than employing an army of poorly trained TSA agents), but if it is the reality, then random checks is the only way to handle it. There’s PC and then there’s racism and it’s not all that fine of line between them (and if you don’t think “Arab” or otherwise foreign-looking people are already treated unequally by security, you are willfully blind). Especially those of whom are citizens of the United States of American, regardless if they are “American” in your eyes, have a right to the same treatment as all other citizens.

  • Railwaycharm

    Really? Fort Hood was just “workplace violence” when the military can’t contain the Jihad, the TSA has been lucky. I got hassled for not having a return ticket by some flunky from the TSA, he could not understand I lived in Korea. TSA=tough shit America.

  • Yomamma

    Seriously?  A banana republic unlike the US? It is to laugh.  South Korea is fast becoming / has become a leader in industry.  Meanwhile here in the states we have a government that hasn’t passed a budget in three years, has a president who rules by fiat, a justice system that rules on the individual whim and political leaning of the judges and the original rules of the road for the federal government have long since ceased to be important.  So, who has the banana republic?  

  • weiguk

     Why isn’t violence the answer? Nothing else is. What other tools does the common man have? Anything? The courts? Hah. No violence is most certainly sometimes the only appropriate answer in various situations, not all, but some. It may be the only answer the american government is going to understand before it gets its house in order.

  • http://www.seoulmetro.co.kr/station/eng/linemap.action Craash

    AJummas don’t like pat downs?

    The law is the law – the bottles of liquid are not allowed – and Koreans have to learn to obey the law.

    Charge her with assault.

    Allowed in your hand baggageLiquids and gels in individual containers of max. 100 ml, packed in a single transparent and re-sealable plastic bag with a capacity of no more than 1 litre are allowed.

    She could have taken one liter of lotion in 10 X 100ml bottles

  • http://www.seoulmetro.co.kr/station/eng/linemap.action Craash

    example

  • JJ

    So what could a foreigner do that was illegal in Korea that would gain your “undying respect”?

  • SomeguyinKorea

    Those a-holes are doing racial profiling, too.  I’ve been asked to step in the body-scanner every time I’ve flown since they started using them in Canada and the US, while blond-haired, blue-eyed passengers are waived through.

  • SomeguyinKorea

     Hell, last time I flew to the US I went through the body scanner and then they patted me down.  Racist and incompetent.

  • Railwaycharm

    Because they were afraid you were going to go all Virginia Tech on the passengers.

  • Railwaycharm

    Because they were afraid you were going to all Virginia Tech on the passengers.

  • will.i.aint

    You only need to watch a few minutes of “Border Security: Australia’s Front Line” to know that immigration & customs officials – not just in Australia, but all over the world – have to deal with some really strange people on a daily basis.

    Pure speculation on my part – but my guess is that this lady chose not to go through the human x-ray scanner – which then leads to a pat down.

  • Koreandumbdumb

    I do not want anybody, be it white, black, Hispanic or Asian, carrying any liquid in large quantity to my flight.  This Jerkette does not deserve anything but straight jail time.   Racism?  Why are you reading into this whore’s action when there is no indication of racism?  I respect TSA agents and airport security.  If you cannot live with that, just leave USA.   

  • Railwaycharm

    How do you know she is a whore?

  • Koreandumbdumb

    Just like some black men can look at the picture of a black man and guess the intelligent level or promiscuity level, I can look at a picture of a Korean woman and guess the same.  She looks like a low intelligence type and possibly work at a massage parlor.   What kind of a woman carries two bottles of liquid into an airplane and fights two TSA employee?  Low intelligence.  And, maybe overcompensating for her occupation.

  • Koreandumbdumb

    If it were a man, I would have called him mofo.  But, there is no equivalent for a woman, so I called her whore.   Somebody should invent mofo for females.   Do you know any expression like that?

  • Railwaycharm

    Bimbo. Rhymes with Pabo. Chippy works too.

  • ig5959292ee

     +100. good for her

  • Koreandumbdumb

    Too weak.    Bimbo is too adorable.   Babo too.   Chippy is new to me, so looked up.   Basically, a prostitute.   Too professional and too weak.    MoFo grabs you right away.  Whore too.   I will stick to whore.  I like the words that slam.  

  • que337

    That’s how officers find ways to take money out by stereotyping Korean women:

    http://www.ajc.com/news/news/despite-millions-spent-human-traffickings-scope-is/nTjRn/

  • mickster2

    You have been doing well so far on this thread, but you are now starting to sound as dumb as Rolypoly used to. Is that you?

  • Railwaycharm

    My whole point is in Korea the army walks the airports with weapons and there are zero problems. The US could do he same without growing an already over- bloated government. We are heading to the end. The vultures are in-charge. Forget about parties, pay attention.

  • http://www.facebook.com/robert.koehler.98 Robert Koehler

    Who knew the TSA had so many fans among Korea’s expat community?

  • Anonymous_Joe

    I don’t see so much fandom for TSA as respect for law.  If Ms. Kim wanted to get all Rosa Parks for her inalienable rights to carry two gallons of lotion on aircraft, then she should have just sat down.  There was no need to strike and batter security officers.

  • Jang

     I don’t think the “racism” comment was meant for the TSA but rather the lunatic Hyunjoo Kim who just might not like Cubanos/Hispanic workers in Florida.

  • Jang

     You can always take a boat.

  • http://www.sperwerslog.com/ Sperwer

    Boots on the ground walking the airport does nothing vis-vis perps carrying stuff onto planes. I don’t have a problem with the decidedly minor inconveniences of TSA security – but maybe that’s because I don’t have to exercise my imagination re the possible alternative, having once enjoyed the experience of being on a flight into the middle east with a bomb on board in 1985.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

     Fuck the law. Since when is “respect for the law” some great moral virtue? This whole “respect for the law” concept has been beaten into our heads meanwhile the gangsters om Congress are churning out law and regulation like no tomorrow. How many laws and regulations does the US have on its books? Let’s just stick to Federal laws: last time I checked there were something like THIRTY THOUSAND PAGES of federal laws. What about state, county, municipal? What about regulations from the dozens and dozens of anti-Constitutional agencies that make and enforce their own regulations?

    Respect for the law? The Law is simply like a new God: it is a means of control. One of my heroes, Thoreau, had many great things to say about the Law and the need to practice disobedience. Here is one:

    “Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? Why has every man a conscience, then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right.”

    The TSA is a criminal gang. They molest, they humiliate, they cower people into submission. If respect for law means blind obedience to all the gangs of government then FUCK THE LAW.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

     Yeah, you can always swim. Now bow to the State, its goons and its laws!

  • http://www.bcarr.com/ Brendon Carr

    Yes, that’s Roplypoly/Baduk. He has an inimitable style. There’s only one — accept no substitutes.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

     “With the growing number of federal crimes, the number of people
    sentenced to federal prison has risen nearly threefold over the past 30
    years to 83,000 annually. The U.S. population grew only about 36% in
    that period. The total federal prison population, over 200,000, grew
    more than eightfold—twice the growth rate of the state prison
    population, now at 2 million, according the federal Bureau of Justice
    Statistics”

    This is from the WSJ. Is it not clear what they are doing? They are quite literally creating criminals and the goal is pretty obvious as well: when everyone is breaking the laws they create, your freedom is nothing but a generous grant from the State. They want everyone to be a potential prisoner, they want to swell the prisons with millions of new criminals, but more importantly they want a nation of law-breakers, with every citizen being free because the State chooses not to put him in the rape cage. The State owns you.

  • mickster2

    Thanks. And that’s a he? I love the icon, though.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Salman, Lotion Lady is not the poster child for your movement.  

    She battered two people in the name of her inalienable rights to carry lotion on an airplane.  She could have transported her lotion in checked baggage, which seems like a reasonable accommodation for the safety of every other passenger on that and every other plane that flies the airways.  

    You need to find a  better incident, a better ambassador, and a better argument for selling your Robinson Crusoe island rights.  

  • YangachiBastardo

    Like most delirious people baduk often is right about many things, let’s face it guys: she looks like a trailer park whore 

  • Coly

     wow, that’s EXACTLY how i’d expect you to gauge the situation.
    certainly not “who knew koreas’s expats hated idiots so much?”

  • SalarymaninSeoul

     She battered 2 TSA agents, not people. 2 aggressors got what was coming to them.

  • SomeguyinKorea

     I’m neither Korean nor psychotic.

  • Koreandumbdumb

    No…^^   Yes.   Many people on this blog still remembers me by the old name, Baduk.   Sorry, I hate the Chinese and the Japanese.   I am strongly pro-America and that ticks off some Koreans.   Yet, I strongly support Christianity and Korean Christians have nothing to worry.   I just hate Korean Commies who follows NK dictator.    More freedom and democracy like America, I support.   A prophet to predict that China-Japan war will start soon by NK launching rockets to Japan.   Abe’d better worry.   The US will not help the war started by Japanese refusal to demolish Yaskuni temple.  Some backward people, the Japanese are.   Still stuck at 19th century nationalism.  The Chinks too.

  • Koreandumbdumb

    And, I fight racism (superiority complex to compensate innate inferiority complex) and Americans who hate to be in Korea like Brendon.  Just leave.  Be happy.  There is no reason to diss Koreans en mass just because he met some ugly ones.     

  • Koreandumbdumb

    TSA agents are people too.   They are just doing their job to eek out a living, just like you and me.

  • mickster2

    Now, you sound more familiar! Nice to see that — war with China starting with a NK missile, which has something to do with Yasukuni. Hilarious.

  • Koreandumbdumb

    And, for those who do not know me, I became famous for nailing Hwang when he was riding the throes of Korean nationalism passion.  He was saying things like “my treatment will bring three times more money than SamSung”, “I put Korean flag on world science circle”, “11 patient-specific stem cells are made and in the future all diseases are curable”.  Koreans ate it up.  Some still do.  Hwang’s company got millions of investment from regional government.   Sort of like Cold fusion in the States.   The guy walked like a duck and sounded like a duck.  And, he was a duck.   It was easy nail because I worked in biochemistry lab for my graduate thesis.   There is no such easy silver bullet that works every time.   And, he was not in the lab.  He was making speeches and news announcement – the crucial sign for a scientist who has gone to dark side.

  • YangachiBastardo

    The best part imho is when he says a Sino-Japanese war would be a net positive for the US&EU. In this world, where not even Greece can be safely left to rot away, i can really see the markets cheering at the prospect of total annhilation in N. East Asia.  

  • Koreandumbdumb

    NK is a pawn under China.  The Chinese love to use an underling to do its dirty job.   China has many internal problems, the gap between the super-rich and the dirt poor.   Soon, people will rise up in China to do French revolution.   To avoid it, China must start a war.   A war with Japan would be the focal point to rally Chinese people.   It is a necessity.   The China-Japan war is definitely coming.   NK will be the front troops to ignite the fire.  SK may join in on the side of NK, once they see NK people bombed by the Japanese planes.    SK will come under China without spilling any blood on the Chinese side.   The Chinese dream.   Some Japs will die for being so nationalistic and so backward.

  • mickster2

    I see ur logic there. So you need to watch your Congress and administration for warning China in Japan’s favor.

  • Creo69

    I recently got selected for a “special security screening” leaving Los Angeles. The TSA people were all 20 somethings and extremely professional. I was taken into a private room and I got so sick of the guy telling me about where he was going to place his hands that I told him that I didn’t care but to please just pick up the pace a bit.

    These people are professionals doing their job to protect all of us and taking into account the fact that I can’t even recall the last time we had a “shoe” “underpants” or “toupee” bomber caught they are apparently doing a fine job of discouraging these nuts.

    This woman assaulted these officers. She obviously knew her actions were wrong or she would not have pleaded with them not to notify the Korean authorities of her actions. She should be charged with whatever crime applies. 

    As far as her lotion…she can’t read English or interpret the pictures the place at every airport for years now? 

  • mickster2

    Sorry for going off toipic. :-)

  • Koreandumbdumb

    Initially the markets will go down.   But, the Chinese will buy weapons and general goods from EU and Japan from the States.   Trillions will be made by corporations every week.   With this influx of money, the US may go into inflation stage, that is time to increase tax and pay off all debts, the Chinese debt excluded of course.   These two thugs, China and Japan, want to fight.  Let these losers fight.   And, sell stuff while they do.   Win-Win-Win-Win for the US, EU, China and Japan (since they relieve internal stress).   Viva la vida.

  • Koreandumbdumb

    And after the war, China and Japan will be in rubble   Beggars foraging on the streets.  Total poverty.   Korea too.  The US can sell cars and electronics to these countries.   EU can sell pharma, mostly pain-killers and anti-biotics.  Decades of wealth transfer from this region to the States and the EU.  

  • Koreandumbdumb

    Russia, EU and the States may div up this region into three zones.   EU owning China, Russia owning Korea and the States owning Japan.   Too far-fetched?  Maybe.  Unless these people live like 21st century people.   They are still stuck at 19th century nationalism/regional racism.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Koreadumbdumb:  “Sort of like Cold fusion in the States.”
    Although the two scientists, American and English, got false results, they did not falsify their results like Hwang.

  • mickster2

    Is your lovely icon a picture of your pet? Mine is.

  • Koreandumbdumb

    Sorry.. I believe Japan deserves all it is going to get.  The country that has set up shrines to “celebrate” WWII heroes.   Keep on doing that and see what happens next.   Does “regional cooperation and mutual respect” ring a bell?   What would France and Britain do if Germany sets up shrines to honor WWII heroes.   National rights to decide internal policies?   I don;t thinks so.

  • Koreandumbdumb

    Yeah, bears do not sh** in woods.   California had a governor who bought electricity at high price (from Enron).  Was he dumb or was he in the game?  You decide.

  • mickster2

    I guess you got me wrong there. Your Congress has adopted a resolution supporting Japan and warning China, which is totally against your wisdom. So I said you need to be careful about what it’s doing.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    Koreandumbdumb:  “Yeah, bears do not sh** in woods.   California had a governor who bought electricity at high price (from Enron).  Was he dumb or was he in the game?  You decide.”

    I’ve decided that your post has nothing to do with the post that you’re replying to.

  • SalarymaninSeoul

     They may be people outside of their role as TSA agents, but as TSA agents acting in their capacity as government thugs they are not people.

  • Koreandumbdumb

    If you examine American history, the US talk the talk but not necessarily walk the walk.  Different administration comes in and defuses the previous resolution.   When the push comes to shove, the US will deploy troops to fight the Chinese (and suffer possible end of America) for Japan?  I seriously doubt that.  Americans are very smart people, penny-pinchers as well.   Dying for some other people ended at VietNam.   No more.

  • mickster2

    div up >> divvy up

    unless >> if

    stuck at >> stuck with

    regional racism??

  • mickster2

    The bill was passed in late December 2012.

  • Koreandumbdumb

    “Stuck at” is correct.  I believe even a backward people like the Japanese could be “unstuck” from nationalism, without going through a war and mass destruction.  “Regional racism” – the Japanese say they are not part of Asia.   Different race from the Chinese.   Very funny really.  Deluded.   We are all basically black haired, brown eyed and similar features.   From different origin?  Cosmic origin or from eggs?   

  • eastatheart

    It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the TSA hose again.

  • dogbertt

     They are not in fact professionals and a disturbing percentage of them are actually thieves.

  • mickster2

    –the Japanese say they are not part of Asia.

    That’s news to me. That’s probably why the phrase sounds unfamiliar to me. Thanks.

  • Jimmy James

    Another example of unqualified Koreans entering our country thinking they can behave anyway they like and disrespecting our unique culture and customs. (TM) Korean tourists must now be screened for psychological issues before visas are issued and upon arrival must be pulled aside in the airports and given special training about our culture. /sarcasm

  • Railwaycharm

    On the mark!

  • Railwaycharm

    Comment meant for TSA are government thugs.

  • YangachiBastardo

    Somebody please keep baduk/roly/etc off RISK

  • Wedge1

    One of Bush’s biggest mistakes was creating the Department of Homeland Insecurity, with its Thousands Standing Around division. That organization provides security theater, no actual security. Two things stop 9-11s from recurring: secure cockpit doors and the knowledge that passengers have to fight back and not accept highjackings meekly. All else is a massive wankfest.

    If enough people refuse to be treated like sheep, then maybe we can get the whole shebang dismantled and go back to private security at airports, which worked just fine at stopping items on the illegal list.

  • Django

    I ALWAYS get checked, my name is “On the List” but you don’t hear me whining about the TSA or crying “racism,”  I think I’m “On the List” because they know I know the system therefore I’m an easy check so they can do their job quickly.

  • Railwaycharm

    I am not crying racism, I am stating the fact that the TSA is big government bullshit. They are as qualified to grope people’s gochu’s as Barry is to rule the free world.

  • http://www.rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Not to take away from your fight against racism, but you do see there irony when you’ve just used the term “Chink,” don’t you?

  • http://www.rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    So was the Gestapo. I know, unfair comparison—the Gestapo was at least competent at their jobs.

  • Robert Neff

    I almost died laughing reading that.  I still don’t know why but it just seems so fitting.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    I was also a biochemist at one time, so I also smelled a rat.  I couldn’t believe he was getting away with laying the BS so thick. I guess nationalism-flavoured BS is tastier than the regular kind.

  • SomeguyinKorea

     Yes, their mistake was to go straight to the press instead of waiting for their research to be peer-reviewed.

  • Railwaycharm

    The Korean press have their “assignment” to print news daily and if it means recycle or fabricate news, they are bound to do so.

  • http://goldendsh.wordpress.com/ east@heart

    What I remember most about Koreandumbdumb/baduk was his super awesome talking cat. Now THAT was a legacy!

  • Arghaeri

    Lots of countries do that, in fact if my memory is not wrong at one time I used to have to pay one at Gimpo.

  • Arghaeri

    We don’t have trailer park bunnies in Korea, we have ajummas.

  • Wedge1

    Yangachi at #XX (would be cool to have numbers here): Yes, pretty much all countries in Asia used to require you pay the airport tax at the airport, even Japan. Now only the PI does it, the rest simply fold it into your pre-paid ticket price. Obviously, in the PI it’s a lot easier to spread the wealth by getting that tax in cash, so the politicos have in interest in keeping it that way.

  • wangkon936

    Rob, I like how you said that the woman ACTED like an ajumma, but you didn’t call her one.  That was slick, but diplomatic.  At the age of 39, I think it’s okay to call her an ajumma.

  • Arghaeri

    Wow me too, and there was me thinking he just fancied me, but thanks to you now I know he was just another racist :-)

  • Arghaeri

    Now I just feel abused that light humour and gentle smile were just a disguise for his rampant racism.
    Thanks for enlightening me!