From Nocut News:
“Is the subway a pub?” The shameful Republic of Korea
Netizens call ‘Gyeongchun Line booze party’ photos uploaded by blogger “shameful”
The embarrassing booze up on the Gyeongchun Line is becoming a hot topic online.
On the 2nd of this month, a blogger posted an article whose title read “mountain climbers hold drinking bout on Gyeongchun Line”, together with photos of the climbers boozing it up on the train.
The photos depict the witnessed scene as it was on the insides of a train bound for central Seoul, at Gangchon station on the Gyeongchun Line.
The blogger began the article stating that “I saw a group of hikers sitting on the floor in a circle, so at first I thought they must have had a tough climb, and didn’t think much of it.”
However, explaining the situation further, he revealed that “soon enough, I could see pitcher-bottles of beer, and seeing the hikers pour drinks into each other’s cups, it became apparent they were staging a boozy picnic.”
He added that “because of this, other passengers could not enter the train, and even though the doors opened, the passengers waiting on the platform could not board the train.”
He continued, lamenting “Is the subway a pub? How on earth can you be allowed to drink on the subway?,” confessing that “arriving at Sangbong station [terminus], a female hiker made a scene crying out in tears – it was a mess, and I thought is was was pitiful, and was truly ashamed of our country’s citizens.”
An outpour of harsh words were written about Korail’s irresponsible attitude.
On the 1st of this month, mentions of the photo were left on Korail’s twitter account, and it wasn’t until after a full day that a formal answer was given.
With regard to the incident, one user, kh8443, lamented that “this is not a reflection of us, but rather of our country’s dignity. If you look back at the time of the Country of Courteous People in the East [name once given to Korea], you cannot find this kind of attitude, where the one with the loudest voice wins, or people whose behavior has no consideration for others.”
User LionerCellion, who uses the Gyeongchun line to commute to school said that “every time I go to school, there have been many instances where [talking about the hikers] instead of putting their rucksacks on the overhead rack, they simply place them in between their legs spread apart, inconveniencing the person sitting in front of them,” also adding that “it is necessary for them to be more thoughtful, albeit a little more, with regard to other passengers inside the same train.”
Comments from Nate:
Those who have worked in the service industry know [what I’m talking about]… Adults always talk about the youths of today who have no manners, but the reality is there are so many adults [without manners]…
wtf I sometimes see those hikers, and because they have too many bags, there are even people who can’t sit down and must stand up, and even the seat in front of [the hiker] is occupied by a bag. They don’t even have a sense of public etiquette, they’re just crazy retards
It’s [already] been a good year [‘harvest’] – even for bullshit
Wow [this time] we’re not insulting China…[we’re just as bad]
Comments from Facebook:
I’m scared foreigners see this… ㅡ.ㅡ;
Hikers (travelers) should be educated, starting with moral education. A booze fest in the subway??
If adults intend to be treated like adults, they should start acting like it
Comments from Twitter:
Hikers are usually between 30-40 or even 50-60 years old, so these people are grown-ups, and yet they don’t get to learn fundamental manners as they grow older? Didn’t they nurture their souls?