Microsoft founder Bill Gates was accused of disrespecting South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Monday when he greeted her with one hand planted firmly inside his pocket. The software tycoon, formerly the world’s richest man, was lambasted in the South Korean press and social media for the apparent slight. “Cultural difference, or an act of disrespect?” asked the JoongAng Ilbo daily newspaper. To show proper courtesy, South Korean etiquette deems that he should have clasped the President’s proffered hand with both of his.
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