Post title stolen from my friend Melisa. In all seriousness, though, this is the text of an e-mail all of the teachers received from our head teacher on Friday:

“Also, the Hana Bank system is not working and will not be working until Monday.”

That’s right. Our bank, the one place we trust with our hard-earned won, has made our money absolutely inaccessible for four days. The teachers were given no advance notice about the “outage.” I was only made aware of the situation after another foreign teacher attempted to withdraw money on Friday morning, only to find that his card didn’t work at any ATM in the Suyu area.

I’m fairly certain that if this were to happen in America, lawsuits would be thrown every which way. But of course, Korea being Korea, there is no explanation and certainly no apology from the bank. As the New York Post‘s Cindy Adams would say, “Only in Korea, kids. Only in Korea.”

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