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  1. Last weekend (a holiday weekend in Korea), I skipped flying out for a weekend trip because I needed to make sausages for the company picnic (on the 22nd). I put 3 days of effort into it with cutting the vegetables, onions, garlic and such. Mixing about 30 kg of meat, then letting it sit overnight. Then 1 day of stuffing about 75 to 80 meters of sausages (Polish, Northern Italian, Ghost). Once stuffed, I put them into the oven and pre-cooked them for an hour. By the end of the day Sunday (June 8th) all the sausages were done and in my freezer wrapped in tin foil and then placed into gallon ziplock bags. I had to take the shelf in the freezer out so I wouldn’t break it under the weight of the sausages (I learned that the hard way and just replaced the shelf a few weeks ago since it broke on me). Monday headed to my northern apartment to work the week there. I checked the sausages in the freezer before leaving and they’d all settled and frozen nicely. Returned to my southern apt Friday late afternoon, only to hear a beeping noise coming from my apt. I walk in and see 3 packages of sausages on the floor, but the rest in the refrigerator with the door to the freezer wide open. My theory is that the maid came in on Monday, saw the freezer shelf in the patio area and tried to reinstall it (the shelf was moved from where I put it), then figured out the sausages were too heavy, so abandoned the effort and shoved the sausages back into the freezer, but not in the same position where they were conforming to each other’s shape. Unbeknownst to her, the sausages were unstable and they tumbled back out when she slammed the front door. So they sat there all week with no refrigeration. I had to throw away all the sausages I made. Sacrificing my holiday weekend was completely wasted. My secretary said she would lambaste the maid, but I saw no point to that. It would just get her upset and then she might put something weird into my food or bed while I’m gone. My secretary then offered to fire the maid (I’ll be the boss in about 4 weeks), but I didn’t see any point in that either. All Korean maids generally do a bad job at cleaning. They get paid for 2 hours of cleaning and might work about 45 minutes, then watch TV (I have a netcam in the living room). It’s so frustrating the Asian mentality of avoiding blame to save face or running away from the scene of an accident. Doesn’t matter if it’s the maid or a nuclear engineer. Whenever something has gone wrong, they all say “I didn’t do it”. Even if I find something that was obviously broken by the person, they will deny it. I’ve seen this in the Philippines, Japan and Korea. I’ve also seen it with my 10 year old niece…
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