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Chiba dentist arrested for assaulting taxi driver after refusing to pay fare

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Police in Mobara, Chiba Prefecture, have arrested a 34-year-old dentist on suspicion of assault after he punched a taxi driver in the face and then fled without paying the fare.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Police said the dentist, Katsutoshi Inagaki, was drunk at the time and started to get out of the taxi without paying the 1,800 yen fare, Fuji Tv reported. When the 68-year-old driver tried to stop him, Inagaki punched him in the face and ran away.

Inagaki was quoted by police as saying he doesn't remember anything about the incident and that he has nothing to talk about.

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"I was drunk and don't remember a thing" The ubiquitous reason for poor behavior

6 ( +10 / -4 )

"I was drunk and don't remember!" Ah, Japan.

6 ( +9 / -3 )

There are as many dentists in this country as hair dressers and dry cleaners. They do not make a lot of money. Actually, hair dressers do better. Look at the prices of a simple perm.

I hope the guy waits at least twelve hours after drinking to go into his office.

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Inagaki was quoted by police as saying he doesn’t remember anything about the incident and that he has nothing to talk about.

Nothing to talk about, I am sure the cops are going to have a great time questioning him. Deplorable old drunk man using to classic excuse.

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Inagaki was quoted by police as saying he doesn’t remember anything about the incident and that he has nothing to talk about.

Only in Japan being drunk is an excuse.

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What a twat. He's a dentist. Its not like he can't make ends meet..

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If he did indeed punch the taxi driver and left without paying, the name of his clinic and location should be named in the media. Maybe that would hurt his profits.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

Refused to pay ¥1800, perhaps I should try that, the next time the dentist gives me a bill for ¥10,000

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Police say he was drunk so that's likely a fact. And drunk people often do things and have no memory of it later. So it seems he is just being honest, not necessarily making an excuse. And yes, he probably has nothing to say about it if he doesn't remember the incident. (Although he should say he's sorry.)

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Inagaki was quoted by police as saying he doesn’t remember anything about the incident

The most popular multiple choice answer on the charge sheet?

he has nothing to talk about

The cognitive dissonance of an otherwise law-abiding citizen (with a position of trust in the community) will shut out assault and robbery PDQ.

I do hope he gets a custodial sentence as a deterrent. We're hearing too many of these incidents.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

1,800 yen fare!!! That's it. Obviously he wasn't going very far. In his position he will never see jail. He will simply have to give a formal apology and probably pay a fine.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

This country makes me hate the word "alcohol" sometimes. Or most of times.

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@sensei258

The ubiquitous reason for poor behavior

I would have chosen "shocking behaviour" especially for a person of his standing...

@MsDelicious

There are as many dentists in this country as hair dressers and dry cleaners.

I guess that explains why a dentist (in Tachikawa) I once knew, is the owner of more than 30 race horses which he has kept for him in America + several dozen horses over here in Japan ?

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the name of his clinic and location should be named in the media. Maybe that would hurt his profits.

My money is on Inagaki Dental Clinic near Mobara, Chiba with his father probably being the clinic's owner.

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Deplorable old drunk man using to classic excuse.

The dentist is 34 years old, not quite as old as the 68 year old driver he punched.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

He should be made to give the driver free dental care for the remainder of his life.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

nothing more pathetic than a person that needs to get drunk , or cant drink in moderation. weak minded fools. Just another reason I dont drink.

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"I was drunk and don't remember!"

Bill Murphy: At least the taxi driver didn't say this.

Weisse: "I am sure the cops are going to have a great time questioning him. Deplorable old drunk man using to classic excuse."

commanteer: "The dentist is 34 years old, not quite as old as the 68 year old driver he punched".

Righteeoo, commanteer, and you are lenient about his age. "Old drunk man"? 34 y.o. is old?

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MsDelicious: He should be made to give the driver free dental care for the remainder of his life.

As long as the 'Chiba dentist' doesn't provide it personally. :)

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i think some dentists do well if they have a private office, however, one attraction to the profession may be the cosmetic options they can sell and the ability to make money under the table.

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Only in Japan being drunk is an excuse.

Except that it's not.

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The ubiquitous get out of jail free card....I dont remember anything, Im not going to talk about it. Works every time.

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That's one dentist who certainly knows the drill.

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When the Driver smiled at him and asked for the money..... he could see work had been done, but not his.

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@strangerland,

Only in Japan being drunk is an excuse.

Except that it's not.

You should just give up. This idea has been dismissed countless times and yet we have here posting the same thing over again. There's a point where you just have to shake your head at some people for not being able to understand such an easy concept and let it go. Either they're too ignorant or they refuse to accept it because they want to believe in what they think on what is correct.

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@Yumster100

Nah, he's just so predictable. It's like watching the dog salivate when you ring the bell. Atavistic, but fun to watch for some reason. You just gotta to shake your head at people who keep repeating the same patterns over and over.

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@descendent,

At least strangerland is correct while the other's are just mindless zombies who pounce on the same thing over and over despite being completely incorrect. Those same people are more predictable and ironically will cry how the Japanese can never think critically due to its education system.

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At least strangerland is correct while the other's are just mindless zombies

Except for me, I said "reason" not excuse

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Anyone else old enough to remember when in Japan being drunk was considered a legitimate excuse for a traffic accident?

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What a twat. He's a dentist. Its not like he can't make ends meet..

I find that language offensive on a public forum.

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