Two Men Bring Seoul’s Traffic in Gangnam to a Standstill

sitting in Gangnam street
A combination of alcohol, youth misbehavior, and an eight-lane avenue led netizens to call for the execution of two young men. The cause of the outcry was a game in which the two men literally played in traffic, sitting in both the east and west bound lanes of one of the busiest roads in Seoul and competing to see who could stop cars from passing for a longer period of time. The loser was supposed to have had to pay for drinks, but the arrival of the police cut the competition short.

While none of the many drivers held up by the men seems to have acted to remove them from the road, netizens were unanimous in their calls for stiff legal punishment. Another target of online displeasure was the police, who took twenty minutes to respond to the incident.

From SBS:

Immature Twenty-year-olds Brings Gangnam Avenue to a Standstill

On eight-lane Gangnam Avenue in Seoul, a man blocked traffic after placing a chair in the middle of the road and sitting down nonchalantly.

On the opposite side of the street, another man sat down and waited in an identical fashion. This situation went on for approximately thirty minutes.

According to a witness, “They felt brave enough to wave to passing cars. When cars honked at them, they would just wave them by and laugh amongst each other…”

The men were apparently playing a kind of game, where the person who was able to block traffic the longest would not have to pay for drinks. Someone who seemed to be a friend of the men even came into the street to give a bottle of water and encouragement.

Having lost their patience with the men’s obstruction, bystanders called the police. However, it took the police twenty minutes to respond after the initial complaint.

As the police arrived, the two men called off their wager and attempted to flee. Police managed to arrest one man, age 23.

A detective from the Gangnam police station reported that, “after eating, five to six friends decided that whoever among them could block traffic longer and go through three warnings would win the game and not have to pay for alcohol…”

Police announced that they would charge the men with criminal obstruction of traffic for willfully stopping the flow of vehicles. The accused could receive up to ten years in prison and 15 million won ($13,285 USD); typically, those who are convicted for obstruction of traffic only pay a fine.

friend gives water bottle
Comments from SBS:

화이팅:

Execute them. In any case, they will be useless to society. They are potential criminals.

등대지기:

Crush these saekki under a 25-ton dump truck. That’s the only way to get rid of bastards like this.

수리321:

Two years in prison and 12 million won ($10,628 USD) should be appropriate…

첫사랑사수:

Forcing other people to be inconvenienced to determine who pays for drinks??? Don’t kill good people unjustly, start with guys like these…

스카이:

A cancer on society, make this human trash go to prison and eat some rice and beans [Note: Korean prisons are infamous for feeding 콩밥 (rice and beans) to inmates. The rice is considered distasteful by many Koreans]

벌꿀오소리:

ssibal saekki, have them play their game on an expressway, the cars will just crush them

아이구야:

If someone like that was to get run over no one would bat an eye, if they had caused an accident they would have just denied everything and run away

표우량:

Up to no good…where did he spend those past twenty-three years of his life?…

sayi:

It took the police twenty minutes to get there after the call came in?… It takes twenty minutes for a police car to get moving near Gangnam Avenue? What a great country we live in. It wouldn’t take five minutes for a tow truck to have gotten there

에마왓슨:

If it was America someone would have shot and killed the guys… if it was Saudi Arabia they would whip him fifty times…

Joey-Joe:

The world is wide and full of idiots.. I feel really bad for the mothers who call those guys sons, who gave birth to them and ate their seaweed soup tsk tsk tsk [Note: it is a tradition in Korea for nursing mothers to eat seaweed soup to regain energy]

푸른하늘:

Send them to the army again… ke ke that’s the right answer… and don’t let them rise above the rank of private first class even after a year and a half

happy love me:

In Gangnam they all just waited or went around.. In Busan they wouldn’t have waited one second before bashing their heads in..

최게바라:

It looks like they should forever be forced to wear that plastic chair around their body

꽁띠:

20 minutes… it looks like the police were sleeping somewhere.. Make them pay a stiff fine!!! 15 million won

sitting in traffice
From the Chosun Ilbo:

kwwt:

Pathetic youth, can’t tell the difference between idiocy and bravery. Guys like those can’t do anything by themselves, but get a few of them together and they jump around like grasshoppers. Make them pay the maximum fine

yj9119:

Low quality people! Spend that time studying. If you’ve got time for that you should be spending it meditating inside. What do you do for a living? Pity their mothers and fathers… how can they look at themselves tsk tsk tsk

ghl49:

Lawlessness like this could only happen in South Korea.. Put them in prison and make them eat rice and beans for two years. That’s the only way to straighten them out…

mpmhm:

The world is coming to an end! End I tell you! Are these people for real? Did they attend the classes in morals and ethics in school? What were they learning?

valley48:

Wow, we really have some great people in our country. They just waited and accepted all of that.. I think maybe in other countries a driver would have responded to this kind of foolishness by pushing them with their car. Thanks to these guys everyone’s commute gets longer, the criminals should be made to pay 100,000 won to each person who was inconvenienced because of them

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  • 바나나

    sitting on my sofa in the middle of gangnam traffic

  • Ruaraidh

    What an obnoxious thing to do. What drives people to do something like that?

    • k

      Sexual frustrations from not having a girlfriend and too much time or maybe they just wanted to piss off a lot of the uppity folks of Gangnam!

      • Ruaraidh

        What also surprises me, is that no one got out of their car and dragged these idiots out of the road. They certainly earned a bit of a roughing up. Instead it seems like no one was willing to confront them face to face, instead it was left to the denizens of the internet to bay for blood afterwards.

  • Brett Sanbon

    Just stupid kids being stupid kids. Honestly, if I were 20 again, I probably would have been the one to bet them to do this and laughed on the sidelines the entire time they were out there.

    The netizens’s anger is understandable, the calls for death aren’t. Maybe they should be forced to do traffic duty during the entirity of their military service. That seems like a more appropriate punishment.

    • k

      Is it time for your baby yet?!?!?!?!!? ^_^

      • Brett Sanbon

        October 12!!!!

        • k

          But she could come at any time :) My LO came at 37 1/2 weeks :) I was dreading being one of those 41-42 week pregnant women….ugh that would be miserable. I did a lot of walking one day and my water broke, so maybe if your wife walks a lot, she’ll have her a little early :)

          • Brett Sanbon

            Lol, don’t scare me!!

            I think anytime after October 1st and I will be mentally prepared enough. She has been walking a lot. We go out every night for about 20 or 30 minutes just to make sure she won’t have a drawn-out pregnancy.

            BTW, does your husband know about the photos you keep posting on your Gravatar? Not that I’m complaining or anything… ^^ ;P

          • k

            Of course, I don’t hide anything from him, he knows me better then I know myself, he can even read my mind now….and I know his poop schedule pretty well…we’re totally one of those “everything out in the open” couples, hell we don’t even wear clothes in our house.

          • Brett Sanbon

            Lol TMI. I was just pointing out that you are damn pretty and your husband must be a stand-up guy. Didnt need to know about the bowel movements, however. No clothes inside?…Asian husband… Ahhh are you that house on the corner with the big bay windows?^^/

          • mr. wiener

            Offer to change all diapers until the baby is weened.

          • Brett Sanbon

            Good advice wiener. I already planned on being a servant for at least the first week. We bought reusable diapers/nappies and I am on cleaning duty… you have any tykes of your own?

          • mr. wiener

            Nope, lots of nephews, nieces and godchildren, I’ve changed a lot of nappies.
            The nature of the poo changes completely after weening from something gross[ish] to something more akin to toxic waste napalm mixed with velcro.

          • k

            Doesn’t every couple go naked in the house? and ty for the compliment! You’re cute too and I’m sure your wife is pretty too! Yay for half white/half asian babies…..personally I think the little halfies are far prettier then white and asian babies :) They get the best of both races!

          • Tippy Long Stocking

            @K yes every couple does walk around naked. I remember those days…before everything started to sag. Must be nice! ha

  • Stories of butts

    I dont think I ever seen people get so heated over blocked traffic before.

    • Patrick

      That street is bad enough on a regular day, and I can only imagine how it felt with these two idiots on the road.

  • Anonton

    ‘If it was America someone would have shot and killed the guys… if it was Saudi Arabia they would whip him fifty times…’

    LOL!

    • k

      There’s a lot of truth in that. I can only imagine someone doing that here in Atlanta, Georgia…they would of def got a cap in their ass.

    • Genxi

      Lmao, ikr, they make it seems like the America is still in the wild west era.

      • Anonton

        I’m surpised that in Korea they wouldn’t keep on driving towards them.

  • k

    “Lawlessness like this could only happen in South Korea.. Put them in prison and make them eat rice and beans for two years. That’s the only way to straighten them out…”—a statement from someone who has clearly never left Korea…..if this is what Koreans consider “lawlessness” then I can’t even imagine what they’d think after watching the 5 o’clock Atlanta news…..

    • 쁑쁑

      Word!

      • k

        Excel

  • lavista4u

    Its the Gangnam style…

  • Paul M

    Some of these netizens need to calm down or at least pay a visit to Min Jeong in their favourite da-bang to help relieve their pent up frustrations. Wanting to execute people for blocking traffic, really?

  • holdingrabbits

    Damn cops are always late! The only way to get rid of people like that is to kill them! You don’t approve of me lightly proposing death for non-punctual people??? Maybe you need to die too with all the Japs, Jews, and pretty much anyone who isn’t Korean!

    • Dr Dust Cell

      Well maybe I do!!

  • 참을 수 없는 존재의 가벼움

    For those two guys, I want to suggest a more thrilling game: the test of which guy can stand for a longer time on the rail track of the KTX. Isn’t it more exciting?

  • Sojubang

    Things certainly escalate quickly with Korean netizens.. lol

    This is a much more interesting way to hold up traffic.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YV4zSZLFTAw

  • vincent

    Those are just real life trolls

  • Whoa, cut back on the salt people. Your blood pressure is rising.

  • lonetrey

    Hah, they should’ve been ran over. And when police question the people who ran them over, simply tell them that they ran into the streets by themselves to throw their bodies in front of cars. The drivers couldn’t avoid hitting them.

  • Tony Reagan

    That sounds like a game I’d like to play. I guess its kind of like that fire truck game, where you stop your car then everyone gets out and runs around the car as many times they can before the people in the car behind you get out and chase you.

  • TeacherLogin

    This is were Law and Order is weak in Korea.

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