South Korean Workers Turn the Tables on Their Bad Bosses
SEOUL — A boss orders a worker to feed and clean up after his dog. Such behavior has become so common in South Korea that the country now has a name for it: “gapjil.
The word is a portmanteau for when “gap,” people with power, abuse “eul,” those who work for them. Using bullying language, offering bribes, preying on subcontractors and failing to pay workers on time are all examples of gapjil.
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