Although more known for the car company, Toyota City in Aichi Prefecture is also a place of sublime beauty. This city is home to the Senmi Shikizakura no Sato, a rare place in Japan which has cherry blossoms that bloom in both the spring and autumn, which means you can see pink sakura against a natural backdrop of crimson leaves.
It’s this location of pure natural wonder that makes a recent crime even more heinous. On the afternoon of May 6, a man was out enjoying the splendor of Senmi Shikizakura no Sato when his own brand of nature called and sent him to a nearby public toilet.
However, after having taken care of business he found that is was impossible to flush the toilet. Unable to see any lever, he may have assumed that it was a faulty motion sensor or that the toilet was clogged by a previous user, so he contacted the local tourism association to report it.
An investigation was launched and found that the toilet was in order but its flushing lever, valued at 20,000 yen had been stolen. A search of the surrounding area also revealed that a sprinkler faucet worth about 10,000 yen had also been pilfered.
A park rep told media, “I don’t think these items can be stolen without tools. I want patrols of the area to be strengthened.” They added that the men’s room would have to be closed for the time being, but a multipurpose restroom was still available.
Meanwhile, readers of the news were also appalled at this barbaric act.
“What has this country come to?”
“This is just ugly.”
“It’s theft, vandalism, and being a public nuisance!”
“Looks like the work of a pro too.”
“There ought to be a death penalty for something like that.”
“Wait a minute… A toilet lever costs 20,000 yen!?”
Yes, it would seem the thief was quite cunning in knowing the true value of a toilet’s flusher thing. Surely it would fetch a high price on the toilet black market somewhere. But worse than all this is the blatant cold-blooded disregard for one’s fellow man.
- Source: Mainichi Shimbun, My Game News Flash*
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