“These days, it is essential to bring a long-sleeved cardigan to ‘Kagong’,”
said Mr. Lee (24), a job seeker who called himself a so-called ‘Kagongjok (person who studies at a cafe). “If you stay for a long time, the inside of the store feels too cold, so you won’t be able to stay there for long, but even if you ask for the temperature to rise, you’ll notice.”
While dissatisfaction with the Khagong토토사이트 people has erupted due to controversy such as ‘a student who stayed for 9 hours with a cup of coffee’ not long ago, the way to cope with the ‘Kagong people’ who flocked to avoid the steaming heat that continued every day is rekindling among self-employed people. This is because more and more people stay for a long time in search of cool cafes due to the air-conditioning wind, which hinders store operations. Among some business owners, there was even a voice saying, “In order to drive out the Kagong people, we are using a method to lower the temperature of the air conditioner so that they do not stay for a long time.”
On the 7th, at an online cafe where self-employed people gathered, an article titled ‘ No. 20 Daejon Newly Appeared in Cafes’ and a notice saying, “Entrance of university students or office workers in their 20s is prohibited” was posted. In response, a self-employed person sent empathy, saying, “Is it because of the Kagong people?”
On the afternoon of the 8th, when the daytime temperature was once hot enough to rise to 35 degrees. Most cafes near Sinchon, Seodaemun-gu, Seoul were operating with air conditioners set at 22-23.5 degrees. In one of these cafes, the indoor temperature was 19.9 degrees, so even if you stayed for 10 minutes, you could feel the cold right away. Because of this, some of the guests staying for a long time were wearing shirts and cardigans.
It was easy to find that the cafes in Sinchon that day were full of ‘Kagongs’. On the 5th of last month, Catch conducted a survey of 1,989 people in Generation Z (those born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s) about ‘places to prepare for employment,’ and 63% of job-seekers responded that they studied at cafes. Cafes are more loved by job seekers than libraries. At each café, ‘seats with air conditioning are suitable’, ‘seats with outlets directly under the seats’, and ‘seats with backs that you can lean on’ were considered ‘popular seats’ even among the Kagong people, and most of them were full.
However, some customers said, “It’s too cold in the store, so it’s hard to stay for a long time.” Mr. Lee (24), an office worker in his 20s, said, “I wanted to stay at the cafe for a long time because I had work to do, but the air conditioner was too strong, so I ended up not being able to come out for a few hours.” It’s too cold to think,” he said. A 20-year-old college student named Kim also said, “I go to the cafe a lot because it’s hot and I study well, but the cafe is so cold that I bring a long shirt.”
In response to such customers’ reaction, a cafe owner laughed bitterly, saying, “From the owner’s point of view, only electricity costs more, but if you think about it, you would use a method to lower the temperature of the cafe.” The owner of another cafe in the neighborhood also said, “The store has two floors, but I saw customers who didn’t order and did their work on the second floor while avoiding the eyes of the staff.” he complained. In addition to ‘making the room temperature low’ to ‘eliminate the Kagong tribe’, ‘2 hour limit’ and ‘blocking outlets’ are being implemented, but the response is that they are not effective.Lee Eun-hee, a professor of consumer science at Inha University, said, “Regarding the Kakong people, it is a matter that requires respect and consideration between the owner and the customer. You shouldn’t have this kind of thought, ‘I’m going to enjoy it too much.’ You need to control yourself from enjoying excessive gains compared to the money you pay.” He added, “It is not desirable for business owners to take extreme measures such as lowering the temperature of the air conditioner further, as not all customers who use the cafe are a nuisance or damage the business.”