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Job Creation In Korea

For a country that is astoundingly convenient and boasts probably the best infrastructure in the world, I'm often struck by how maddeningly inefficient everything is in Korea. It's almost as if inefficiency is deliberately built into the system in order to guarantee millions of extra jobs that would otherwise not exist. For instance, I know that if I need to do something simple at the bank, it will require at least an hour, two to three employees, and half a dozen calls to the main office. And I'm just talking about something like changing a phone number on an account.

My most fun recent experience with job creation in Korea has to be with my prepaid sim card. For the record, Korea finally entered the 21st century, and no longer treats all foreigners as phone phreaking terrorists, which means if you have an unlocked phone, you can buy a prepaid sim card for voice, texting, and data just by presenting your passport (go to Gwanghwamun Station, Exit 2, Olleh Square). It's…