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October 11, 2012

Choice, even in small matters, gives meaning to life

In 1989, Theodore Dalrymple visited Pyongyang Department Store No. 1 (via AoSHQ).

It didn't take long to discover that this was no ordinary department store. It was filled with thousands of people, going up and down the escalators, standing at the corners, going in and out of the front entrance in a constant stream both ways - yet nothing was being bought or sold. I checked this by standing at the entrance for half an hour. The people coming out were carrying no more than the people entering.

And then: The Third Commodity Exhibition at Department Store No. 1.

And then: Shopping at the paradise store, where the customer is always wrong.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at October 11, 2012 07:44 AM