That 연립주택 in our quiet upscale neighborhood was a trippy place sometimes. The woman who lived downstairs began running a high-stakes go-stop operation. The owner of the building — an obese ajumma-going-on-halmŏni whose family you just knew had done something crooked or unethical to keep her so well fed during the Japanese occupation and the war and who thought that yelling at me would make me understand her Korean better — would join the games and end up losing my rent in a few hours.Now I don't know how much stock to put in any of Metropolitician's histrionic posts (and I'm not sure if The Marmot does either), but if these guys are really being hauled in front of the cameras for drug crimes when no such evidence has been found, that's over the top and should be protested. [Whoops... on second read, I realized I missed the part where two of the eight arrested tested positive for drugs; not sure the legality of requiring them to do the drug test, though.] But if it's anything else, hey, they broke the law and got in trouble for it, just like Koreans do.
Anyway, one day when I came home and pushed open the gate, three cops came out of nowhere and physically pushed right by me to rush the first-floor unit and arrest everyone there. Surprisingly, they were not looking for pot-smoking Canadians, yet they were enforcing some law of some kind.
One of the cops rushing by me stopped momentarily and asked me, “Do you live upstairs or downstairs?” “Upstairs,” I told him, and he left me alone.
After bail was settled and they were released and waiting for a court date, I got yelled at for opening the gate. Yeah, it was my fault. ;)
Now if only I could find a way to stereotype all fifty million Koreans on the basis of this story.
A few things seem obvious — that the police are primed to turn anything involving foreigners into a “big story” and are directly involved in calling the media down to the station, as well as spinning the story.Utter bullshit. First, having been involved in drug cases with foreigners that got no media play whatsoever, I can attest that the police are not turning "anything involving foreigners" into a big deal.