August 26, 2008
Too many times have we heard that opening somebody else’s mail is a federal offense, or a felony, or something serious, and it could land you in jail, and only very bad, bad people open other people’s mail. This is why we were shocked when we saw how the mail system works here in Bucheon (and maybe the rest of Korea, for all we know). Simply put, anyone can take your mail any time they want. Your mail isn’t stored in a metal box for which only you and the government have copies of keys. No way. Here, your mail is out in the open, right beside everyone else’s mail which is also out in the open. You get a tiny slot half the length of a standard envelope, and the only way you know you have mail is if you see it dangling out of this slot. It makes you wonder why Canadian mail is so securely locked up while Korean mail isn’t. Maybe because Korea has realized that nobody really cares about your mail, nor do they have any inclination to open it, or it could be that Korean Culture strictly forbids the opening of someone else’s mail, and so they don’t fear leaving it out in the open. Most of the mail we get, anyways, is spam mail. The great benefit of these mail slots, though is that if we ever get spam, we can theoretically stuff it into somebody else’s mail slot and walk away. Not that we would ever do something like that, though.