You know, whenever my students tell me they go to etiquette hagwon, I always have a sarcastic chuckle to myself:
Lesson 1- Sidewalk spitting
Lesson 2- Properly blocking both subway doors when not actually exiting
Lesson 3- Advanced elbowing
Lesson 4- Supermarket bumper carts
I always assume that there is a limit to what Westerners consider rude, but Koreans consider normal. That line gets pushed farther back the longer I am here, but I always assume it’s there, lurking in the shadows somewhere.
However, I got on the elevator the other day and what did I here? Not Jingle Bells! As soon as the doors closed, this guy, who had quietly (fart-lessly) been waiting at the elevator, let one rip that lasted several floors. It was all I could to not to turn around to see if he was leaning into it for added leverage.
Did he think I wouldn’t know what was happening because he was behind me?