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  • Jerald
  • Waygookin

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    • June 04, 2020, 04:00:42 pm
    • Seoul
https://www.businessinsider.com/us-troops-fireworks-south-korea-july-4th-2020-7

US military apologizes to South Korea after its troops fired fireworks and reportedly brawled in the streets

Update: United States Forces Korea (USFK), the military command that oversees US forces in the country, released a statement on Tuesday apologizing for the "disruptive behavior and poor conduct."

"We regret the inconvenience and disruption this behavior caused the people of Busan," USFK said in its statement. "This type of behavior is deeply troubling to USFK and does not represent the strong respect we hold for the Korean people, their culture, laws and regulations."

"USFK will cooperate with Korean law enforcement authorities in their efforts to identify those responsible, and all commanders will take appropriate action for those service members determined to be involved in this type of behavior," the command added.

Americans living in South Korea celebrated the United States' independence by lighting fireworks on public sidewalks and beaches, prompting local authorities to shut down the groups.

In the Haeundae district of the city of Busan, over 70 police reports were filed over the lighting of fireworks, according to the South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo. Residents also reported dozens of fireworks being aimed at buildings and at people.

Over 200 law enforcement officers were reportedly deployed to the beach in response to the police reports. Lighting fireworks on the public beach is banned and carries a fine of up to an US equivalent of $42, according to South Korean news reports.

At least one US Army soldier was briefly detained.

Videos and pictures showing foreigners lighting fireworks in a crowded street spread on social media. One video showed a celebrator fleeing from pursuing law enforcement officers, while another showed foreigners fighting each other.

Some residents also complained that the visiting US troops were not wearing face masks. Although South Korea saw 48 new coronavirus cases reported on Monday. The country has been widely praised for its response to the pandemic — which include a vast contact tracing effort.

"It was totally like a foreign country, not Korea," one Busan resident told South Korea's YTN News. "If you look at the restaurants, they were packed with US service members eating. And none of them were wearing face masks."

In April, USFK advised US troops to wear face masks off-base "as a courtesy and sign of solidarity with our host nation communities," and as "a visible sign of our commitment to combatting COVID-19 and testament to US-[Republic of Korea] Alliance."

Following a July incident in which a US Army soldier was accused of attempting to steal a taxi and assaulting a police officer, Abrams reiterated that "we are guests here."

"We are also Ambassadors who represent our country on and off duty. Below is an example of not being a good Ambassador," Abrams said in a tweet in response to the incident.

In December, USFK officially ended a country-wide 1-5 a.m. curfew for its roughly 28,500 troops.

"Leaders are responsible for our Service Members on and off-post conduct; we are ambassadors of USFK, the United States and the ... Korean people," US Army Gen. Robert Abrams of USFK said in a statement at the time.



  • gogators!
  • The Legend

    • 4807

    • March 16, 2016, 04:35:48 pm
    • Seoul
Fire is always a danger in SK. Fireworks constitute a substantial risk.


  • NorthStar
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • July 05, 2017, 10:54:06 am
    • Mouseville
Unfortunately, a considerable amount of the Joe's ae ghetto-ass and trailer-trash punks....take your pick.

This is all the more reason for the US to just pull out of SK, let them handle their own problems and end the nonsense.
« Last Edit: July 08, 2020, 09:55:34 pm by NorthStar »


  • Stefaneekaye
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    • August 31, 2018, 11:14:30 am
    • Dangjin, South Korea
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I agree they were asshats, that said....

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"It was totally like a foreign country, not Korea," one Busan resident told South Korea's YTN News. "If you look at the restaurants, they were packed with US service members eating. And none of them were wearing face masks."

How are they supposed to wear masks while eating? I don't see locals at any of my cities restaurants wearing masks while eating or drinking. You get to your table, take off your mask and eat, then put it back on when you are finished and ready to leave.


  • 745sticky
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • March 26, 2020, 01:52:57 pm
    • Korea
"It was totally like a foreign country, not Korea," one Busan resident told South Korea's YTN News. "If you look at the restaurants, they were packed with US service members eating. And none of them were wearing face masks."

Koreans once again pointing the finger at someone else over something they themselves do


I saw the video, I can understand the upset from the locals about it.

But this...
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"If you look at the restaurants, they were packed with US service members eating. And none of them were wearing face masks."

I'd love to look in a restaurant and see it packed with people eating whilst wearing face masks.


  • tylerthegloob
  • The Legend

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    • September 28, 2016, 10:46:24 am
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i assume that the "and none of them were wearing face masks" part is a separate point. shirley, no one is asking you to wear a mask WHILE you eat
more gg more skill


Stop calling me Shirley


Glad to see Americans are still so dedicated to spreading freedom around the world. And I’m really digging the Waygook “Airplane!” revival.


  • 745sticky
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1447

    • March 26, 2020, 01:52:57 pm
    • Korea
i assume that the "and none of them were wearing face masks" part is a separate point. shirley, no one is asking you to wear a mask WHILE you eat

I mean tbf it doesn't read like that in the article


  • Jerald
  • Waygookin

    • 14

    • June 04, 2020, 04:00:42 pm
    • Seoul
Koreans once again pointing the finger at someone else over something they themselves do

So you mean to say US troops are all saints ?


  • 745sticky
  • Hero of Waygookistan

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    • March 26, 2020, 01:52:57 pm
    • Korea
So you mean to say US troops are all saints ?

Yes, that is exactly what I am saying, as you can tell from the post I wrote where I said exactly that /s

Seriously dude, if you disagree with what I wrote, just state the disagreement. Don't come at me with this "so you mean to say..." bullshit when anybody with an ounce of reading comprehension could tell that's obviously not what I meant to say. It's disingenuous and makes you come off as either an asshole or an idiot.
« Last Edit: July 10, 2020, 02:34:34 pm by 745sticky »


  • tylerthegloob
  • The Legend

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    • September 28, 2016, 10:46:24 am
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when anybody with an ounce of reading comprehension skills could tell that's obviously not what I meant to say.
you mean like when you guys were trying to tell me the korean dude was saying that people should be eating with their masks on  :undecided:

this is joke pls don't write angry response. its a happy friday
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  • CO2
  • Waygook Lord

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    • March 02, 2015, 03:41:14 pm
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  • 745sticky
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1447

    • March 26, 2020, 01:52:57 pm
    • Korea
@tyler I almost thought you were serious just because of your choice in emoji
Also lol @ co2. The legendary interview


  • CO2
  • Waygook Lord

    • 7104

    • March 02, 2015, 03:41:14 pm
    • Uiwang
Also lol @ co2. The legendary interview

Yeah, even if you hate JBP, it's impossible to deny that she destroyed herself for those 20 minutes and he came out looking like a Saint.

I know debate is subjective and people pick sides, but even an ardent hater would have a really tough time siding with Newman on this one. Clear cut.
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  • tylerthegloob
  • The Legend

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    • September 28, 2016, 10:46:24 am
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it wasnt a debate though, was it?
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  • CO2
  • Waygook Lord

    • 7104

    • March 02, 2015, 03:41:14 pm
    • Uiwang
it wasnt a debate though, was it?
It certainly was verbal sparring.
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  • 745sticky
  • Hero of Waygookistan

    • 1447

    • March 26, 2020, 01:52:57 pm
    • Korea
it wasnt a debate though, was it?

Cathy turned it into a debate when she started getting heated which sort means she automatically lost by throwing away her role as the impartial interviewer. Ultimately the end goal of doing anything in the public eye is the appearance of being reasonable and correct regardless of whether you actually are. That's not to say that interviewers can't be aggressive or confrontational, but Cathy took it a bit too far in the eyes of the audience, and regardless of whether her tone was justified or not it's the eyes of the audience that count.


Unfortunately, a considerable amount of the Joe's ae ghetto-ass and trailer-trash punks....take your pick.

This is all the more reason for the US to just pull out of SK, let them handle their own problems and end the nonsense.

Hey Waygook, remember when Northstar pretended to care about "the troops" by posting a fake-ass meme photo from Facebook? Pepperidge Farm remembers. And now he's shitting on them just like his hero Trump.

https://www.waygook.org/index.php?topic=120027.0