Prior to all this, I had noticed that the majority of the cashiers had morphed into Korean men--previously they were dominated by women. I spoke to one man who was my cashier. I asked him why are all the cashiers men? He told me that there was a strike going on and that he was sent from E.Land's headquarters. On another occasion, I asked our female cashier who spoke English, where she was from. Once again, she said she was from headquarters, filling in for the lack of manpower. I asked her if she was having fun being a cashier--and she gave me a dirty blank stare! Whoops, seems like I touched a sensitive nerve, hee hee. ;)
The real story behind this is that E.Land recently mass fired about 1000 part-time and casual workers from their stores. In response, the workers' union staged mass in-store protests on July 9th, inside Homever and New Core stores in Seoul. That explains the closure of Homever on Monday and why the police were called. You can read more details about the story here.
Anyways, check out the following pictures from the Homever store next door. Every entrance had police officers standing guard (they are young Korean males). The side entrance:
The front entrance (there were up to six officers at one point):
Here's the police bus camping out next door...ready and waiting:
This picture of an in-store sit in is courtesy of UNI:
For those in Korea, did you notice anything unusual at your local Homever location? I noticed the Homever location was not as busy usual. I would assume that people are supporting the workers and boycotting the store.