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Aichi man arrested for pouring coffee milk into station ticket gate

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By SoraNews24

Because of the dense traffic that goes through train stations in Japan’s major urban areas, railways have turned to technology to help streamline the process. Sensors that allow you to pay automatically with your smart card or smartphone, and even more recently with your face, have been developed.

▼ The yellow rectangles above the green arrows are slots to slide your ticket or pass into, while the blue circles above them are to scan your phone or card

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With all these advancements, the days of the humble paper ticket may be numbered. And without those tickets, we may never again see incidents like what happened on Dec 6 in Seto City, Aichi Prefecture.

At about 10:30 a.m., staff at Seto Shiyakushomae Station saw a middle-aged man pouring something into the slot of the ticket gate. An employee caught the man and turned him over to police when they arrived.

It turned out that the man had been pouring bottled coffee milk into the slot. Coffee milk is a very sweet flavored milk with a popularity on par with that of chocolate milk in Western countries. While undeniably tasty, there is little evidence to support that ticket gates also enjoy its creamy sweetness.

On the contrary, Seto Shiyakushomae Station had cases of their gates being damaged by liquid in the past and were already on the lookout for suspicious people when this incident happened. This station is normally unmanned but because of the past damage, someone was placed on duty.

It’s unclear whether the same man 53-year-old man was involved in that vandalism, and police are currently investigating. During an interrogation, the man reportedly said, “I did it by mistake.”

▼ News report showing the poor guy who had to clean it up

It is somewhat conceivable that this could have been done accidentally. But he would have to have been holding the open bottle right at the neck while attempting to insert the ticket with the same hand for something like that to even come close to happening, and who does that?

Readers of the news were equally suspicious that this was a simple mishap, but at the same time struggled to think what his motive could have been otherwise.

“What is he doing…”

“He’s probably going to be on the hook for a considerable amount of money.”

“Did he have a grudge against the gate?”

“Oh well, if it was just a mistake I think we should let him go.”

“Can they even clean that out or do they have to buy a new gate?”

“What was he trying to achieve?”

“If you have a ticket in one hand and a coffee in another…maybe? But if he did it many times before, there’s no excuse.”

“How much do one of those things cost?”

The price of a ticket gate has a pretty wide range depending on its functionality, from around 6,500,000 to 15,000,000 yen. And if this was the kind that could handle both paper tickets and near field communication payments, it may be in the higher end of that range.

So if it was a mistake, it may prove to have been a costly one. But if it was intentional, it’s hard to imagine the dark thoughts that would resort to such destructive behavior. 

Sources: TBS News DigHachima Kiko

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“How much do one of those things cost?”

The price of a ticket gate has a pretty wide range depending on its functionality, from around 6,500,000 to 15,000,000 yen.

Always wondering how much does it cost .

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WTF??

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Latte for work?

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A lifetime ban from public transportation might serve to discourage like minded individuals from following this errant path.

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some people just want to watch the world burn..

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Better coffee milk than urinating on the gate though…

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Some people are just buttheads who enjoy doing buttheaded stuff. I hope he receives some kind of punishment, not only for what he cost the rail line for cleaning and repairs, but for the inconvenience he caused the riders.

In this land of suspended sentences, there's a good chance that won't happen. But, since his crime was mostly against a business, he may actually receive some punishment. The authorities seem to take crimes against business more seriously than crimes against people.

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Why was he arrested? This is a civil offence. Should only be sued by the train company or gate maker.

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It turned out that the man had been pouring bottled coffee milk into the slot. Coffee milk is a very sweet flavored milk

No the real crime that should be discussed is passing-off flavored sweetened milk as something being coffee-like.

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The price of a ticket gate has a pretty wide range depending on its functionality, from around 6,500,000 to 15,000,000 yen. And if this was the kind that could handle both paper tickets and near field communication payments, it may be in the higher end of that range.

What a loser, make him pay !!..

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Oddly I’ve actually been to that station before, its quite a small one.

Kind of perplexed about the incident, but nice to see Setoshiyakusho mae in the news.

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Someone should have creamed him.

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juminRhee - Why was he arrested? This is a civil offence. Should only be sued by the train company or gate maker.

Because vandalism is a criminal offense, as is "disruption of business", which is taken pretty seriously in Japan.

Japan may also have other laws along the lines of creating a public nuisance and/or obstructing public egress.

Of course, there are also the civil actions that can be brought against him by the rail line, as you mentioned.

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Cannot see how in reality it would be possible to do this accidentally. I suspect it was a deliberate malicious act and apparently it may not be his first.

Motivation? Blowed if I know but at a guess he might have a gripe with the transport operator or the station and this was his way of getting his own back. Admittedly pure conjecture on my part.

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He took the Gyunyutetsu to work

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