I visited the seoul, cheongdam location today, of 10 corso como since this was on bucket list from my visit from the usa to korea.
i had read great reviews about the cafe and it did live up to it's reputation.
but my lovely seoul cafe rendezvous quickly turned sour as i started to explore the store.
i didn't notice this at first but one of the store associates was following me everywhere i went.
initially i thought that she wanted to make sure that she could help out when needed.
but she stuck to me as i moved around on the 2nd floor and then the third floor.
it was extremely uncomfortable.
i gave her the benefit of the doubt and guessed maybe they do this to all customers (even then it's kinda creepy)
but there were many korean looking customers in the store and none of them had a creepy one woman entourage making them uncomfortable.
i finally got fed up and turned around to ask her if there was a reason she was following me and that just induced a laughter from her,a loud, i got caught but i still will creep you out,nervous laughter.
honestly, i wasn't there to shop but wanted to buy one of the porcelain plates as a souvenir but this whole experience just put me in a sour mood and i left the store immediately.
i am a green eyed caucasian looking woman, so i guess that qualifies me for being profiled as a shoplifter since koreans would never do that.
to all my family (we come in all colors) and friends, i'm sorry about all those times you've had to go through this just because you looked or talked different.
this is the first time i went through this and i felt that ignorance, lack of empathy and at the core of running a good business,which was lacking in this case, customer service are still deeply missing from this country which boasts of being a global hub.
i could shrug off this experience deeming this to be a one off thing,but i kept thinking how much worse would it be for someone who was colored and it boils my blood.
let's all just be kind to each other and actually act like sentient beings.