Koreans' Reaction to Starbucks' Store Closure

Starbucks Closing 300 Stores, Laying Off Nearly 7,000 (Washington Post)

Starbucks' plan of closing stores and laying of its employees was reported by Korean newspapers. Korean readers' response to the news was a bit funny, showing Starbuck's dominant status in the country. Here are some of them.

- But Korea will feed you. Don't worry.
- Korea is just having more and more stores! There is just no vacancy even in the second floor! I cannot just find a seat!!!
- But overall revenue of Starbucks won't decrease that much ^^. Because we're protecting your stores. damn.
- You have Korea on your side. giggle-giggle
- Korean Starbucks is still strong and steady. giggle.
- It might become a Korean company someday. giggle-giggle.
- Korean Starbucks is increasing the number of its stores. If it goes like this, Korea might take over Starbucks. giggle.

Posted by saint.juste

January 28th, 2009 21:01 January 28th, 2009 21:01
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What Is Now Happening in Korea

Whose government and police are they?

On Saturday alone, more than 200 people were arrested,
and it is said that two high schoolers lost their eyesight and one veteran got a fatal injury.
(It is interesting that the police arrested NOONE when Chinese students had a protest on the torch relay day.)

What I want to make clear is, that this is not an anti-US beef protest anymore.
When the candle protest started, the citizen demanded the government to re-negotiate.
However, since the government was not listening to its people at all,
now the issue has expanded to an anti-government protest.

The protesters are shouting MB Out -- which means the president should resign,
and the government started to put down the crowd via the method they used to use 20 years ago.

..... I feel that I'm living the 1980s, not the 21st century.

Posted by saint.juste

June 1st, 2008 05:29 June 1st, 2008 05:29
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What the heck are these Chinese doing in Korea?

That's shocking. I could expect there would be some conflict, but Chinese students went way farther.
They were organized, violent, and semi-armed with stones, sticks, and wrenchs.

They wanted other countries to respect their sovereignty, but here, they were not respecting other country's law and regulations. OK. GO BACK TO THAT GREAT YOUR COUNTRY.

I found a great posting at AllBlog. The gist is following:

The students should be expelled out of this country. It's not that difficult.
They violate Korean law. They can be arrested, then will be dismissed from school.
Then, they cannot hold their student visa any more.
Do this. That's what will be the most scary thing to those Chinese students.

However, will Korean government and police do that?
No way. They are scared of losing Chinese money,
and will do anything to make the Chinese government feel better.

What a shame. I really want to exile.

Posted by saint.juste

April 27th, 2008 14:17 April 27th, 2008 14:17
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