Getting Lots of Free Stuff in Korea
Getting Lots of Free Stuff in Korea
Ayo, can you hook a brotha up?
That never worked for me before. Well, I never phrased it like that, either. It’d be more like “ayo, can I get a hook up?” Maybe I wasn’t saying it cool enough. Either way, I didn’t get free stuff growing up. BUT THOSE DAYS ARE GONE. In Korea, they give away free stuff all the time. It’s great. I don’t feel like an uncool guy anymore for not getting free stuff. Now, I’m the coolest guy in the world! Well, me, along with everyone else getting lots of free stuff.
One thing we’ve noticed about free samples in Korea: if you ever go to a supermarket, like Costco, and they’re giving out free food samples, I’m used to just getting one sample per station. Getting anything more than that would be rude. That’s some unwritten rule I was taught, somehow. I really don’t know how. Who said this to me, I don’t know. I just know that more than one isn’t right. In Korea, though, that rule doesn’t apply. I’ve seen moms walk up to the food sample stations and swipe five samples at once. Like, one for me, one for my kid, one for my husband, and another for me because I forgot what the first was like, and a last one for the road. I still can’t bring myself to take more than one at a time, but I’d love to build up the courage to do so.
Anyhow, back to free stuff: there are other instances in which you can get service. We get it a lot at Noraebangs (good ones). Whenever we rent a singing room, it always comes with some free snacks. Good ones bring you juices and stuff like that. Great ones that we’ve come to know very well sometimes bring us some free beer. HELLS YEAH! But that’s just the starter: when you’re in the Noraebang, you’ll see a little timer in the corner of the TV telling you how much time you have left, because you usually rent the place for an hour or so. Most of the time, you’ll see a little sparkle pop up in the corner and it’ll say “Service!” in Korean, and more time will be added to your clock. That’s great and all, except if you’re in a room for too long. You know when it’s too long: when everyone’s tired as hell, and have already sung a lot of songs, and are ready to go home, and they’re just cheering you on out of politeness but they’re dead tired, except you got that one friend who loves singing and will never ever stop, and so you’re waiting for the timer to run out so you can leave, but the place keeps giving you more free time, and your friend keeps on getting excited but you want to just run away and never talk to them again? Yeah. It’s bad at those times. There are also some craptacular Noraebangs that won’t give you any extra service time. We never go there twice.
There’s also “After Care Service” in which, if you buy an expensive product, like a phone or a fridge or a car, you can get it serviced and fixed for free if anything goes wrong with it. Don’t quote me on this, though: it works for some things, and maybe not all. I know people who have bought cars who, from time to time, take it back to their dealer and get it all tuned up for free, and they even vacuum it for you for free. After care service! If anyone’s got more info on this, I’d love to hear it. I haven’t really used any after care service on any of my stuff yet, though I really need to take our robot vacuum back to the dealer for some after care service, because he’s acting a bit drunk lately. He humps everything in site, and gets stuck in places and just gives up. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER, LUCIFER! You’re embarrassing yourself!
Let us know what “service” culture is like where you’re from. Can you get more than one free sample at a time? Do you get free side dishes and drinks at the restaurants you go to? We’re curious.
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