On Dec 16, Judge Ryosuke Takahashi of the Fukuoka District Court ruled in favor of Japan Rail Kyushu and ordered a Higashi Ward resident to pay 1.3 million yen to compensate for damages brought about his near daily urination routine over the course of six months.
According to the court, from February until August of last year the man would pass through Chihaya Station in the morning of almost every weekday. While there, he would ride the elevator connecting the platform to the ticket gates and proceed to relieve himself on the door and floor in front of him.
Near the end, the defendant’s daily pee party had resulted in widespread corrosion of the elevator and it needed a major servicing and replacement that cost JR Kyushu 1.21 million. In addition to parts, the door and floor of the elevator needed to be replaced.
The defendant admitted to his urination habit but challenged JR Kyushu on the grounds that the related construction work done by JR could have been cheaper had they reused material (that he had peed on several times) from the elevator repairs.
In the end, Judge Takahashi disagreed and ordered that the defendant pay the full amount. Apparently the judge was convinced that the extent of golden corrosion was such that “the entire set of components needed replacement and nothing could have been reused.”
Source: MSN Sankei News
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