Government in South Korea rewards people for spying over their own citizens

June 20, 2012 · 1 comment

Today I learned that the government in South Korea rewards people for spying over their own citizens. Many Koreans volunteer to become full-time snoopers whose job is to spot people who break various laws.

Professionally equipped, snoopers spend hours looking for their prey. Once they see someone breaking the law, they record the violator on video and pass the evidence to a relevant government authority.

In return for reporting violations, snoopers get rewards from the government which sometimes add up to $2,000 per month. This profitable activity has become a full-time job for many people in South Korea, especially housewives. There are even schools that teach you how to become a professional snooper in three months.

To give you an example, snoopers keep an eye out for school teachers, restaurant and beauty salon owners who overcharge their clients. They also report shop owners who give away plastic bags for free to their customers, which is against the law in South Korea. Needless to say, they spy on people who don’t park properly or whose dogs poo in parks.

Not surprisingly, there are specialised shops for snoopers that sell camcorder surveillance equipment such as these spy glasses.

Watch this video report about spying on shop owners who sell plastic bags and another one about schools that charge too much for tuition.

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