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Driver forces way through ETC barrier over 1,000 times

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A man has been arrested for driving in the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) express lane without paying. Police said Wednesday that the suspect, who has been identified as 45-year-old Takashi Oshima, has admitted forcing his way through the ETC barrier on over 1,000 occasions.

Police said that Oshima appeared on CCTV recordings numerous times since 2009. On one occasion, he drove close behind the car in front and followed it through the barrier before it closed. On other occasions, he would lean out of the driver's side window and raise the barrier by hand. Police said Oshima has been filmed forcing his way through ETC barriers on 1,129 occasions.

Oshima was quoted by police as saying, "I never had any money on me."

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They should put all of his breakthrough attemps on DVD. I would watch it. And did someone actually count all 1129 attemps? Give me a break.

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shogun36.

Many were shown on TV lots of broken bars, they also showed how they identify Drivers that tail-gated through the gates to to avoid paying.

Lots of cameras on those gates so, yes, they did count them as each is an offence and will be followed up.

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He was basically left alone to continue to break/ignore the rules.

Hmm sounds like a typical Japanese person in Osaka.

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if they have video -what took them so long. i know, it was the 1,129th time that got him in trouble.

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that is more ETC's than Yul Brinner could manage in the King and I. I think he should now also get the Yul Brinner haircut because prison here is definitely not air-conditioned. Silly boy!

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Wow, can we say scofflaw?

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Wow, it is good to know that you can do that 999 times without being arrested.

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This is one of the things that makes Japan a free country, the fact that authorities just let some things completely slide, at least until the 1000th time.

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so far i did about 16 times.

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1,129

After looking at that many photos, they finally came to a consensus and arrested him. amazing.

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If they had caught him on camera doing it before, why did it take so long to have him arrested?

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Oshima: "I never had any money on me"

This reminds me of that ad where this guy eats some ramen at a ramen shop, digs into his pockets, finds nothing, then says, "Ooosh... kyou wa tada da!"

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This reminds me of a time I was exiting a parking lot once, and I noticed a car with some young women in it. As I was paying my fare, they had pulled up directly behing me almost to my bumper. As soon as the bar raised and I left, they followed closely behind me and got out before the bar came down again. As a result, i now ease out slowly when I leave parking lots. If I have to pay, so should those who try to freeload.

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On other occasions, he would lean out of the driver’s side window and raise the barrier by hand.

How on earth could he have done that? He must have really long arms! It's a mechanical arm.

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I hate cheapskates like this guy and others who don't pay at at parking lots. "I don't have any money." Riiight. How did you get that car and how do you pay for gas?

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How on earth could he have done that? He must have really long arms! It's a mechanical arm.

Most of them aren't full length, just little stubs.

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I can see this guy becoming a celebrity in this country. All his gags have him crashing thru things. We have seen worse.

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Thats Guiness record isnt it? they should let him go

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1,128 reasons the police are a bunch of fumbling idiots!

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Nope. Doesn't compute. If you have a car in Japan, you have to have it registered with your address, parking space, license details etc. So any vehicle that goes through a payment barrier must be recorded, and the owner/insurer of that vehicle must be identifiable. OK, maybe this guy took unlicensed vehicles through the barrier a few times; but over a thousand? Unless ... there are hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of unlicensed vehicles in Japan, which, if you think about it, would be quite scary.

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