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S Korean office workers hit convenience stores as 'lunch-flation' bites

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By Jihoon Lee

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Prices of Everything is going up except salaries.

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Korean flouting of the 'rules' is one key to their present success vs Japan.

From my experience working in South Korea, disrespect for the rules is more like a selfish coping mechanism.

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This is nothing new. I don’t know how people can afford restaurants everyday for lunch anyway. People complain they have no money but buy Starbucks everyday.

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@Desert Tortoise I agree try buying a "HAPPY MEAL" at McDonald's one would become unhappy quick you can easily spend of $15 and that is a kids meal!!

$7 for a lunch buffet is cheap, cheap, cheap. A sandwich, chips and a drink from a 7-Eleven usually costs more than that, at least in the US. Asian buffets in the US are $11-$14 per person and for us bellying up to a buffet is reserved for special occasions. Even at $14 an Asian buffet is usually cheaper than fast food

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I recently returned from a business trip to the USA and found all restaurant and food prices staggeringly higher than on previous trips. And the high prices are disguised by failing to include the substantial sales tax or value-added tax, as well as the server's gratuity, which together add another 25% to the listed price.

We are fortunate to be in Japan where food prices have not increased so dramatically.

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$7 for a lunch buffet is cheap, cheap, cheap. A sandwich, chips and a drink from a 7-Eleven usually costs more than that, at least in the US. Asian buffets in the US are $11-$14 per person and for us bellying up to a buffet is reserved for special occasions. Even at $14 an Asian buffet is usually cheaper than fast food.

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$7 for a lunch buffet is cheap, cheap, cheap

The buffet went up by ₩9000 ($7), which was a 10% rise. Very pricey lunch buffet.

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@ Desert Tortoise - reading again, you were spot on, my mistake. $7 is a steal! Wish i could partake!

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disrespect for the rules is more like a selfish coping mechanism.

disrrspect for the rules when coping with oppression is no sin.

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But in South Korea, lunchtime has been regarded sacred among office workers, who often mingle with friends and colleagues for longer than the allotted hour at busy diners.

Korean flouting of the 'rules' is one key to their present success vs Japan.

They still suffer from neo-liberal late stage capitalism, but adapt and create in innovative ways.

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