An article titled “Drinkers in Korea Dial for Designated Drivers” was published a few days ago. There are an estimated “100,000 replacement drivers that handle 700,000 customers a day across the country,” according to the article.
I guess it’s not a bad job…financially, that is. The median income in South Korea is $24,500 a year (34th in the world) according to Wikipedia.com. These guys who drive around drunks for a living make $2400 a month putting them $4300 richer than the average South Korean.
The irony here for me is that I don’t drink (at least about 99% of the time). I occasionally drink a glass of wine or a bottle of beer. It’s sort of hard to when the Godfather of your kids is a winemaker for one of the best wineries in the U.S. Also, my grandfather was an alcoholic. ^^