Photo: @matsujun5213.
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Saitama hospital threatens to inject owners of illegally parked cars with needles

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

In Japan, people generally try to avoid direct confrontations. There are a lot of reasons for this, but a major one is that Japanese cities are crowded, and being able to let small transgressions slide goes a long way towards keeping things peaceful and civil in the hundreds of little interactions you’ll have with complete strangers during the course of your day.

Sometimes the lack of space can be a cause of conflict too, though. For example, free parking spaces are few and far between, and if you’ve driven somewhere you’re usually going to have to pay to leave your car in a lot or a garage. However, some businesses do have complimentary lots for customers, and sometimes the allure of free parking is so strong that even people who aren’t patrons of the establishment will secretly leave their car there. That’s a problem the Seibu General Hospital in Saitama City has been dealing with recently, and the medical center has come up with a uniquely terrifying way of addressing the problem, as shared in the photo above from Japanese Twitter user @matsujun5213.

The sign reads:

● Parking by non-hospital visitors is strictly prohibited.

● Owners of unauthorized cars will be fined 10,000 yen or given an injection.

● The hospital bears no responsibility for accidents, theft, or other damages incurred while parked in the lot.

The first and third points are pretty standard, but it’s the second one that’s sending chills down internet users’ spines, and not just because 10,000 yen is a hefty parking fine. “Since it’s supposed to be a punishment, I’m guessing the injection isn’t something beneficial, like a vaccine,” mused @matsujun5213, and theories and reactions from online commenters have included:

“Maybe it’s just a vitamin booster injection?”

“I’ve heard that if you inject 10 ccs of air into a person’s blood vessels, it can be fatal.”

“Maybe they have the most inexperienced nurse use you for injection practice. They have her draw blood, give you an IV, subcutaneous, intradermal, and muscular injections. The whole works.”

“I hate needles. I’d rather pay the fine.”

“I kind of want to go take a look at the sign, but I’m worried they’d fine me 10,000 yen while I was parked in their lot.”

“I think they’d scare off even more people if they threatened to give them unwanted surgery.”

Aside from the obvious fear, some commenters reacted with respect for the cleverness, including one who pointed out that the words for “parking” and “injection” in Japanese are both pronounced chusha. Then there was one masochistic individual who chimes in with “I think I’d like to take them up on this offer.”

We should mention that, so far, there haven’t been any reports of Seibu General Hospital staff sticking people with needles against their will, and even the sign itself leaves the choice between paying a fine and getting pricked up to the car’s owner. Odds are it’s all just a tongue-in-cheek way of showing how troublesome it is for the hospital’s parking lot to be clogged with unauthorized vehicles, but all the same, unless you’re coming in for medical treatment or visiting someone who’s recovering in the facility, we’d recommend parking somewhere else.

Source: Twitter/@matsujun5213 via Jin

Read more stories from SoraNews24.

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So many people with no sense of humor...

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Well, I think in the name of a good joke, someone should park one of those large advertisement syringes over one of the parking spots.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Well, what else are they going to use? A screwdriver?

No, screwdrivers don't have hollow stems or a plunger device.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

You want chusha?? We'll give ya chusha!!

It's a j o k e.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

...inject...with needles

Well, what else are they going to use? A screwdriver?

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Good old Saitama! So, physical assault is okay then if someone parks illegally? If yes, there should be a whole lot more fights around train stations and in front of convenience stores, as well as areas where they play Pokemon Go, to name a few.

-3 ( +0 / -3 )

one thing that people have not thought about is the sign has now gone viral. which means lots more people will see it, so it might just have the desired affect, people might now take notice, as it might have gone unnoticed in the passed. I bet its the talking point in the local news paper, or local radio, or gossip in the local pub, ie have you seen what they are trying or going to do if you park in that spot in the local hospital? and so the news gets around,

1 ( +1 / -0 )

For anyone who might not understand this joke.. Parking in Japanese language is "Chusya".

Injection in Japanese is also pronounced "Chusya".. it is a joke... they are saying if you illegally "chusya", we will "chusya" you!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Aside from the obvious fear, some commenters reacted with respect for the cleverness, including one who pointed out that the words for “parking” and “injection” in Japanese are both pronounced chusha. Then there was one masochistic individual who chimes in with “I think I’d like to take them up on this offer.”

It's a clever oyaji gag (or pun in english). I like WTF?? until I realized what it meant. It was just an attempt at humour. Nothing more.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

It's clearly not a joke and not even the slightest bit funny. Neither was the sad attempt at ridicule.

I was asking a question of whether the general consensus is that Japan should have more or less stick up the bum.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

No, I don't think they'd give an injection for illegal parking. I think the sign is a sad attempt at humour, which failed.

-1 ( +0 / -1 )

I thought it meant that they would inject the car with something. Maybe water in the gas tank.

In that case, the wording would be “chu-nyu” (注入)

not “chi-sha” (注射).

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Strangerland, BeerDeliveryGuy - clearly neither of you are business professionals.

I own two companies, and with with multi billion dollar companies every day.

It's clearly not a joke

Wait, you don’t seriously think they are serious about giving someone an injection for illegal parking do you?

Hahahahahahhahahahahahahahaha

5 ( +6 / -1 )

I thought it meant that they would inject the car with something. Maybe water in the gas tank.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Strangerland, BeerDeliveryGuy - clearly neither of you are business professionals. It's clearly not a joke and not even the slightest bit funny. Neither was the sad attempt at ridicule.

Of course this isn't a joke. It's not as if hospitals have well-known rules and regulations that prevent this type of activity.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Strangerland, BeerDeliveryGuy - clearly neither of you are business professionals. It's clearly not a joke and not even the slightest bit funny. Neither was the sad attempt at ridicule.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

Why not do what normal places do. Put a charge for parking and make it free for hospital visitors.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Well. This was really dumb and funny. Has to be some type of error.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Well, once you injected a few people, the illegal parking would stop. If not, then there are always non-elective vasectomies or unneeded hemorrhoid operations that could be offered...

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I know people often use hospitals parking lots as free parking. A friend couldn't understand why I pay 2000yen to park to see the Hanshin Tigers game when I could park for free at some hospital 2 train stops away.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Maybe they should inject the tires. Or just remove the valve stems. But while the sign is humorous the last thing I would want is an injection.

"you've been injected with a poison! we don't need that any more."

-2 ( +0 / -2 )

Good to see a sense of humor on display. I think the illegal parker can choose not to have the injection.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

I am sure they mean ejection !

2 ( +5 / -3 )

Wouldnt that be threatening with intent to assault? I’m pretty sure that is illegal.

-11 ( +2 / -13 )

Utterly stupid!!

-8 ( +2 / -10 )

I hope they remove or change the sign. It's highly unprofessional and portrays an image of adolescent boorishness!

I guess Lincoln was right when he said you can never please all the people.

Does Japan need to be more playful and humorous, or more serious? Get your grievances straight, folks.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

Jesus people, it's a joke.

Lighten up. Anyone who thinks that the hospital is actually going to give them an injection due to illegal parking isn't the sharpest crayon in the pack.

In fact, they are likely the dullest crayon in the pack.

18 ( +20 / -2 )

I hope they remove or change the sign. It's highly unprofessional and portrays an image of adolescent boorishness!

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

Injected with what? Why is that crucial information left out of this article? It is just a big chusha joke?

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Clever?

4 ( +5 / -1 )

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