Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Then along comes a stupid old bat driving a car. She sees that the she-mook has the best parking spot on the street so she has to try and out mook her. She uses the sidewalk to park on and leaves the ass end of her car blocking the entrance to an underground parking lot. What the kimchi?!? Is it a mook convention? A contest to see who is the biggest mook?
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Friday, June 25, 2010
I did learn some valuable lessons from the
1) 90-95% of Hagwon owners rip you off one way or another. It may be something minor like not paying into the pension plan (by law they have to). It may be cheating you by charging double the income tax rate and pocketing the extra.
My 1st boss was a pretty good one BUT she was charging me 6% income. My first 2 years with Ivy school I was charged that. The 3rd year Mr. Kim made a big show of lowering it to 5%. Based on my wages and that there was no Pension or Hational Health Plan deducted it should have been 3-3.3%.
I can't count the number of people I met who praised their Hagwon by saying "They pay me on time!" That is pathetic. If that is the best thing you can say about your job something is wrong. It should go without saying that you are paid on time.
2) Contracts mean jack shit in
That was reinforced at the seminar that all Hagwon teachers had to attend in 2010. The seminar was put on for the Korean government and one of the things they said was that “The contract in
3) No matter how good things are if/when they get bad the Hagwon will turn on you QUICKLY if they see it as being good for them. The fact you have been loyal for years and work hard means nothing if they can bring someone in who knows little about the system and works for less.
4) If you give in to their demands ONCE, even out of kindness because it isn’t a big deal, they will ALWAYS expect you to do what they want when they want. As soon as you say no you are a bad teacher. They will either make an example of you, get rid of you, or both.
5) No matter how much you have right on your side if it comes down to your word vs a Koreans most Koreans will NOT believe you. Even if they know you well and trust you. You just don’t count as much as a Korean.
6) You can’t always count on your foreign co-workers in times of trouble. Most of the time they will be more worried about themselves and how things will affect them. I have been prepared to quit in the past when co-workers were being treated like shit for no good reason. When the shit hit the fan at Ivy school the 4 out of 6 foreign teachers who weren’t being screwed over wouldn’t even tell the Kim’s they were wrong to treat us the way they were. I didn’t expect them to quit … but they just gave lip service and hoped they wouldn’t be fucked over when it came time for them to leave.
Some people actually delude themselves that the Hagwon owners won’t turn on them. One of my ex-Ivy co-workers would go on about how the Kim’s liked her so she had nothing to worry about. Until they didn’t like her because she said no. And that ended up happening to her.
I remember one idiot who worked illegally at a Hagwon. 1 teacher had finished his contract and was never coming back because of the assholes in charge screwing them over. Another one pulled a runner. The third one pulled a runner. The fourth one, working illegally, convinced himself that he was safe working there because they needed him and would have to treat him well. Of course they ended up screwing him over too.
It boggles the mind how these people can see the bullshit going on but still convince themselves that it won’t happen to them.
This lack of backing each other up is one reason why Hagwons get away with the bull shit they pull.
7) As your final month wraps up many hagwon owners make what I call “The Big Cash Grab!”
Basically, they don’t finish paying you until your last day. For most foreign teachers that means they are leaving
As I said, this happened to just about EVERY
8) Pay your own bills! Get a pay stub! Document EVERYTHING!
My first school deducted my bills from my pay. I figured it was standard practice in
Make them give you a pay stub showing deductions. No matter how honest you think they are or how much you trust them you HAVE TO get this and keep it in case you need it. I trusted the Kims the first 2 years .. and there were some signs I was being screwed around with … so I didn’t care. In the 3rd year they REFUSED to give me a pay stub. They refused it to almost all the teachers.
One of the Irish teachers went and demanded a pay stub. After a lot of complaining they agreed to give ONLY her a pay stub as long as she didn’t tell any of the other teachers. And she didn’t. It was until my BS with Ivy came out that she mentioned it. Like I said, no wonder they KNOW they can screw us around, we don’t help each other.
When it came down to deciding what I could do about
9) If you get screwed over and stay or come back be careful of the chip on your shoulder. I came back with a big one on mine. I was working for a good boss but kept expecting him to screw me over. While it is good to be wary I was ready for a fight over anything. That isn’t healthy. Luckily, I got over it. For the most part, it still colours my view of hagwon owners.
I would apologize for the length of this tale but it could easily have been longer. ;)
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Even after all of that the Kim’s were still trying to screw me over.
As soon as they found out I was looking for work in Cheongju they basically blacklisted me through the Hagwon Association. Before that I was looking in Daejeon and they actually gave me a good recommendation. However, as one recruiter told me, Mr. Kim did not want me “working in HIS city.” They would tell other Hagwon owners I was a bad teacher and a horrible person. Of course they took the Kim’s word for it and I was having no luck finding work. Which just made me want to go back to cheongju even more.
Then I found out my 1st boss was now recruiting. I contacted her and told her the problem I was having finding work in Cheongju. She said she would look into it. What this meant is that she would call Mr. Kim and talk with him. They met, he told her a bunch of lies. She then talked to me and I told her my side. I also told her that Park had been involved and could tell her how much of what Mr. Kim said was BS. Park had worked for her when I did. He backed up what I said. Now she knew, because a Korean confirmed what I said, that Mr. Kim lied to her. She wanted to get me a job in cheongju, and did, to piss him off. She found me one of those rare honest Hagwon owners. Best boss I ever had.
That summer I had to renew my passport. I talked to the pharmacist in YongAm-dong and asked him to be a reference. He knew me for 3+ years. I used to work beside his pharmacy. He had no problem doing it.
Unfortunately, he signed his name too big to be accepted by the passport people. A couple of the letters went just outside the box. Two weeks later I had to go back and get him to sign it again. It should have been no problem.
Yet it was a problem. All of a sudden he had no English. This is a guy you could have conversations with. He went on in Korean, the gyst of it being he had mentioned to Mr. Kim that he was a reference for me. Mr. kim told him he shouldn’t, I am a bad person. So he wasn’t interested in being a reference anymore. I asked him if he was serious. In perfect English he said “This is not my problem.” And ripped up the paper. I vented some language at him and left.
It took a lot for me not to go up to
I found out that they had opened a second school, an SLP franchise. Which was kind of strange/stupid because they were then competing with themselves and the other schools in the area.
An old co-worker texted me one day to let me know
So, if you are looking for work and see an ad for SLP in YongAm-Dong, Choengju, or a recruiter mentions it, run do not walk away. They are scum of the Nth degree.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday came and went with no money being put in my account. After calling Mr. Kim he said he would put it in Tuesday. On Tuesday he did put it in, minus 610,000 won. Of the 1,100,000 Won he still owed me he tried to claim my final months bills amounted to 610,000 Won. That was so much BS.
Every month he deducted between 200,000 to 300,000 Won for taxes and bills. I was making 2,100,000 Won a month, and he was putting between 1,800,000 and 1,900,000 in the bank after deductions. Said deductions were to include my monthly bills. There is no way they jumped from that to 610,000 Won in the span of 30 days.
(IF you are considering working in
When I called him about this he acted shocked that I would challenge his credibility. He actually tried to tell me that I owed 100,000 won for my phone bill. I used a calling card so no international calls should ever appear on my phone, only local. And I always used my cell phone for local calls.
Then he said the 100,000 was for the last 10 months, 10,000 won a month. At which point I brought up the monthly deductions. He played dumb and kept trying to say I owed for the yearly amount. He said the same thing about the gas bill, electric bill, cable bill (although cable was supposed to be provided by the school in my contract), any bill he could think of. He was telling me I owed the YEARLY amount and not the monthly.
I told him I wanted to see copies of the bills and to have a breakdown of the costs emailed to me the next day. He said the school was closed for vacation so he couldn't see me until August 1st. Coincidentally, I was in YongamDong on Wednesday July 27th. Not only had I seen 2 Ivy School buses with students in them. While eating at the MacDonald's beside the school I saw several students coming and going back into
He STILL didn't understand that I wasn't disputing the yearly costs. My problem was that he was charging me for the FULL year instead of the last month when, because of what I was told when I started working at IVY school, that the bills would be taken out of my monthly pay. I have no doubt my telephone bill was 100,000 for 10 months. 10,000 a month. I have a problem with him telling me I never paid any all year when it looks like money was taken.
So, he had these bills, and a document HE wrote up showing their totals, and how much he took off for income tax (105,000) a month plus maintenance fee of 20,000 a month plus another water/electrical fee from the apt of 15,000 a month. Which meant he was taking 135,000 a month off but most months show 200-300,000 was held back.
He still didn't understand what I was saying, and had NO copies of the deposits he had made to my account. Which means I was going by what was in my bank book and memory. I asked if I could have copies of the bills and the paper he wrote and he said no because I might show them to someone.
What makes this whole stupid notion of the teachers paying their bills in bulk when they leave is that I HAVEN'T left for almost 3 years. When I re-signed in 2003 there was no lump sum taken off for bills. When I re-signed last year there was no lump sum taken off for bills. Which would mean I haven't paid utilities UNTIL then. Mr. Kim is too much of a "businessman" to have let that happen. Especially with the gouging they had been doing with people the last year.
It was a waste of time to even go and talk to him. I left him with a hearty go fuck yourself.
The summer camp was GREAT. It helped improve my mood a bit. At least until I found out we should have been paid 800,000 Won more but the President of the English department decided to pad his own pockets. Hagwons, Public Schools, Universities. The thieves are everywhere in
And the Kim's weren't done with me yet.
Monday, June 21, 2010
I asked him to explain what he meant. Why did no Korean teacher want to work with me? None had complained to me. Why did students not want me as their teacher? There had been no complaints before. All he would say is that I must know why. My reply was that I didn't know why, so please tell me. He made the same strange statement and followed up by saying that if I don't know why there is a big problem.
Also, I complain too much. I did figure out where that came from. Late Wednesday morning we had a staff meeting and they introduced a new lesson plan scheme. All of the foreign teachers thought it was a bad idea. After the meeting they all told me that quite strongly. I talked to the person in charge of it, a Korean teacher, Kevin. 4 hours later I was told to quit or be fired. As head teacher I am supposed to bring the concerns and complaints of other foreign teachers to the Kim's attention. Because I do that, I complain too much.
I asked if I would get a ticket home at least. He told me no, all I would get is my final pay. No severance (I was only 10 weeks away from completing my contract.) and no ticket home. Because I am a bad teacher they have to go through the expense of getting someone here early. So I don't deserve a ticket home. I wouldn't even get the 30 days notice required by law.
I told him I wasn't going to quit, so he could fire me. He told me to think about it and talk to him the next day. The next day he was either not around, or too busy to talk.
I was also informed that Spock was being fired. As I mentioned in Part 3 they had to backtrack on that one. The morons only had one teacher coming not two and couldn't handle losing two at the same time.
The next day, through a backchannel warning, we were told that if there was any sort of cooperation by the foreign teachers to show support for us both of the teachers being fired would be immediately let go with no pay at all. I say backchannel because it went from office manager to Spock's wife to him to us. They needn't have bothered, the people I worked with would never have done that. They were quick to pay lip service but were more worried about how they would be treated than standing up for their co-workers.
On July 8th I finally got Mr. Kim to sit down and talk with me. I told him I was not quiting, so I understand he is firing me and not giving me 30 days notice. He acknowledged that, and also reconfirmed that I would not be given a ticket home, or severance. Then he told me that he wanted me to be done the 21st not the 25th.
I told him I wanted my firing in writing. Also, I gave him the blank Letter of Release forms I obtained and told him that I wanted it as soon as possible. He seemed puzzled by it and asked what it was and what it was for. I explained again that it was a letter of release and that I cannot get another job in
At this point he asked me if I wanted to stay until August 25th. I pointed out that he was firing me because no one wanted to work with me and I am a bad teacher. Add to that the way I have been treated in the last few weeks. With that cloud hanging over it would be hard to stay, PLUS the fact he would STILL be firing me then with no ticket home or severance, this time a month away from the completion date of my contract. It would be better to just be fired now.
On the afternoon of July 18th 2005 I had to talk with Mr. Kim again. Since I was being fired with no ticket home or severance pay I had been trying to get a summer camp job with
Now Mr. Kim tells me that I HAVE to work the Thursday and Friday. Nothing else is acceptable to him. It doesn't matter what the new job will need. He has once again arbitrarily changed the end date. I told him that is too bad ... for him. I needed the job to be able to get home and if I had to leave on the 21st too bad for him.
I told him that IF I could get the camp put on my E2 VISA and he didn't cancel it, I would be able to work until the date he wanted. He agreed and everything went through Immigration. I had to keep my mouth shut though or he could fuck it up before I started. Knowing what a slimey prick Mr. James Kim is I thought the odds were good he would try and fuck it up anyway.
The last day came and I checked my bank account before the end of the day. He had only put half my pay in. When i confronted him he promised the other money would be put in Monday. Since it was late I didn't have much choice. As with most dealings with hagwon owners, you weren't left with much choice if you wanted to see any of your money.
Even though I was finished with Ivy School and the assholes who ran it this wouldn't be the end of their trying to screw me over.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
***WARNING*** Stay away from HUFS OeDae Language School (OeDae Academy) in Hwaseong/Dongtan!!!
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The government even told the families to be quiet about the incident and sent no flag officers to attend a memorial ceremony or even offer any condolescences. USFK however did send representatives to the ceremony and USFK Commander General LaPorte offered the families his condolescences.
You need to read the full article. It left me pretty disgusted with how the survivors were treated, and the dead. Koreans need to get their heads out of their asses and see what reality is like. The one blood one people line is so much bull shit. North Korea has and will kill South Koreans. Putting on blinders makes wonder if the South deserves a rude awakening or not.
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
What really marks this idiot as a mook is the location of ... a bathroom. There is a bathroom in the restaurant. The mook actually had to go FURTHER out of his way to piss on the street. What the kimchi?