Bill Gates' 'rude' handshake sends shock waves across South Korea

Bill Gates
The founder of Microsoft was photographed shaking hands with South Korea President Park Geun-hye on Monday. The problem is one hand was tucked into his pants pocket.(AP Photo) | Zoom
Bill Gates is getting slammed by media in South Korea for a handshake perceived to be a little too casual.

The founder of Microsoft was photographed shaking hands with South Korea's President Park Geun-hye on Monday. The problem is one hand was tucked into his pants pocket.

Proper etiquette in Korea is to use both hands unless the receiving party is a good friend or with someone much younger. One hand in the pocket is considered very rude.

"Perhaps it was his all-American style but an open jacket with hand in pocket? That was way too casual. It was very regretful," said Chung Jin-suk, secretary general at the Korean National Assembly, according to ABC News.

A spokesperson for Gates has reportedly declined to comment.

It's not entirely clear if Gates knew what he was doing, but he is sort of known for his casual demeanor and appearance. He often appears in public in a sweater, sans neck tie. According to ABC's report, he's 'guilty' of an improper handshake with South Korea President Lee in 2008.


Stephanie Klein, MyNorthwest.com Editor
Stephanie joined the MyNorthwest.com team in February 2008. She has built the site into a two-time National Edward R. Murrow Award winner (Best Radio Website 2010, 2012).
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