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2 boys arrested for pouring shampoo into onsen

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Two 19-year-old boys in Mie Prefecture have been arrested for causing an onsen to overflow after pouring shampoo into the natural hot spring last August. The suspects, who cannot be named because they are minors, were charged with forcible obstruction of business, Fuji TV reported Wednesday.

According to police, the two boys visited the Kumanogawa Onsen Satsuki facility in Shingu, Wakayama Prefecture. They filled the men’s onsen with shampoo and body soap provided by the bathhouse, causing an excessive amount of bubbles to overflow into the bathing area. 

At the time of the incident, a total of eight empty shampoo and body soap bottles were found in the men’s bathing section. The damage forced the bathhouse to close for a day.

Police managed to identify the suspects after reviewing video footage from surveillance cameras. 

The boys were quoted by police as saying they did it just for a prank.

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Umm...sorry, but isn't this funny? Am I the only one here who sees the humour in this?

Probably, yes....

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were charged with forcible obstruction of business

Ah, yes. The meaningless catch-all charge the police go for when they have nothing else to charge you with.

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Umm...sorry, but isn't this funny? Am I the only one here who sees the humour in this?

It would have been funny to see I'm sure. That said, it would appear they dumped eight bottles of shampoo into the water. That's a lot of shampoo. It would require shutting down that tub, dumping all the water, then rinsing it incessantly until the shampoo until it was all gone. That's a lot of time (cleaning the pool, buying replacement shampoo) money (paying salaries to clean the pool and replacing the shampoo) and hassle (visitors staying that night would not have been able to use one of the pools).

It's vandalism. Kind of funny, but vandalism nonetheless, and the arrest in this case was correct.

Ah, yes. The meaningless catch-all charge the police go for when they have nothing else to charge you with.

It's not meaningless at all - their actions did obstruct the business. It looks to be an entirely appropriate charge.

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Funny? For the onsen owners it was expensive to fix, and lost them a day's profits. It is also very wasteful - all that water which, even if it is used elsewhere afterwards, had to be replaced before it needed to be.

Idiots.

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It's not meaningless at all - their actions did obstruct the business. It looks to be an entirely appropriate charge.

Because the appropriate charge would be criminal damage.

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Because the appropriate charge would be criminal damage.

Does that charge exist in the Japanese legal system? And what are the punishments for the two charges? Which one is worse, and by how much?

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It doesn't seem to me that anything was damaged or destroyed here

They would have to clean out the tub of all the shampoo. If there was no damage, nothing would have to be cleaned. Maybe it's not permanent damage, but it's damage nonetheless.

people were inconvenienced, a bit of money was lost, not much more than that

Which at a private business that requires profits to continue, is obstruction of business. You know, that thing they got charged with.

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In a comedy movie, funny - maybe (maybe would be a stupid movie too).

Real life, not funny.

It is in the news now, so just wait for some other idiot to copy or try to out-do.

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@ Geoff.

We know the owners had to close, and, in addition, they most likely had to drain/flush the baths to remove the traces of shampoo. I imagine that in addition to the loss of earnings and cost of repair, it was a royal P.I.T.A. to clean as well.

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Boys? They are 19, they can vote and get married, they are not boys.

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Boys? They are 19, they can vote and get married, they are not boys.

Age of adulthood in Japan is 20.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

I thought about doing this so many times for a nice bubble bath! Now they have to pay the piper for the prank...

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Police managed to identify the suspects after reviewing video footage from surveillance cameras.

Am I the only one who is uncomfortable with this? In an onsen?

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Am I the only one who is uncomfortable with this? In an onsen?

Interesting point. There are CCTV cameras in the changing rooms of my local onsen, but I don’t know if they are live or not.

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I can see it funny in a public fountain, but a natural spring onsen? That water is special.

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My brother, when he was about 13, poured a box of laundry detergent into a fountain outside a train station in my hometown. The entire parking lot, was covered in 10 feet of bubbles.

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Am I the only one who is uncomfortable with this? In an onsen?

They may have been at the entrance, not necessarily inside.

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My brother, when he was about 13, poured a box of laundry detergent into a fountain outside a train station in my hometown. The entire parking lot, was covered in 10 feet of bubbles.

Can you imagine how many bubbles 8 bottles of shampoo would create!

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The scary thing is these two children are now permitted to vote here!

Im guessing mum and dad are gonna be footing a pretty large compensation bill to the onsen for lost business. These kids are grounded for a decade.

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I think the "forcible obstruction of business" charge carries some weight in Japan, because not only is there damage, but loss of income too.

That trumps criminal damage.

I may be wrong though.

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Age of adulthood is 20, soon to become 18.

Age of voting is 18.

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By rakuminDes,

“The scary thing is these two children are now permitted to vote here!”

I’ve met 40-year-olds who I wished didn’t have the vote. But anyway, I think we can be at least a little relieved that these little punks are probably the type that wouldn’t be bothered to go to polls and actually exercise their right to vote.

The comments excusing this as is as funny and such are pathetic. Get back to us after your home or business has been vandalized and you are facing unexpected out of pocket expenses for cleanup, loss of income, having to apologize for inconviencing your customers, etc.

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I think the "forcible obstruction of business" charge carries some weight in Japan, because not only is there damage, but loss of income too.

That trumps criminal damage.

Charge them with both and then punish them by having them spend their entire summer holiday cleaning the onsen with only a toothbrush and bucket of water (the onsen has run out of shampoo).

5 ( +5 / -0 )

At least those bubbles smelled good.

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There are no 19 year old boys in this world. Japan pampers their kids until middle age !!! Onsen operator should have tanned their hides and strung them up by their thumbs.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

Some do this on the outdoor water fountain in the city

There's much bubbles overflowing for everyone

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These kids are twats. Most are but they still need to be shamed so that they can avoid doing such stupid stuff in the future. If I were on holiday and it were ruined by such twats my response would be a lot more physical

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

At 19 years of age they should have known better. They are not boys, they are juvenile delinquents. (A growing problem in Japan).

Perhaps their parents should take some of the responsibility too.

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