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Hyogo man arrested for backhanding cash register while verifying his age

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By SoraNews24

Pent-up frustration broke out in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture on July 1 when a 46-year-old construction worker smashed the touchscreen panel of a convenience store cash register while purchasing a can of chu-hi, a fruit-flavored carbonated alcoholic drink.

All over Japan it is common practice when buying restricted goods like alcohol and tobacco to touch a “Yes” button on the register screen asking if you’re over 20. It’s a completely hollow gesture with the purpose of avoiding confrontation and making liability murky in the event an under-aged person is sold such contraband.

Needless to say, as a security procedure it has more holes than a cheese grater, but there is something it’s really effective at: annoying older men.

To most people the act of lifting an arm two feet in the air and touching a square doesn’t rank highly on the annoying things we have to do on any given day. However, for a certain segment of older Japanese men, it seems to be symbolic of everything that is wrong with this world and causes them to lash out in fury.

In this particular case, the suspect told Takarazuka Police “I hit it strongly with the back of my hand, so it broke.” While that at first sounds like a simple case of underestimating his own strength, he bemusedly added “I bought alcohol there many times. Why do they make me do it every time?!”

Reaction to the incident was mixed between those mystified by and sympathizing with the man’s actions.

“Those screens are annoying but a backhand is never the answer.”

“Scary that people are losing their minds just because they are asked to confirm their age.”

“Sounds like the guy was already half in the bag.”

“Incidents like these are happening an awful lot.”

“I hate that button too! The nerve of people asking someone in their sixties to push it!”

“We touch smartphones all day long. What’s one more tap?”

Police added that the value of the LCD touchscreen was approximately 50,000 yen which the man will presumably be obliged to repay. The screen was said to have a spiderweb like crack running through it after the smack.

Sources: Kobe Shimbun Next, Hachima Kiko


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I always laugh when I have to do this, and joke with the staff. "20? That was decades ago"

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Oh no.

i have a big problem with this age verification shite. Even if you are 80 you have to touch the screen.

i have seen a boy aged between 10 or 12 buy cigerettes by just touching.

the biggest problem have health related. How often do people wash their hands after using the toilet then buy tobacco or chuhai? Their was a seminar in my hospital about transition of Noro-virus. Very scary and apart from toilet door handles, this is the worst place to touch.

And then there is shingatta virus, bird flu...

-4 ( +5 / -9 )

Another man-child who doesn't know how to control his (most likely sexual) frustrations

-7 ( +3 / -10 )

Society is falling apart.

-1 ( +3 / -4 )

How pathetic you have to be to actually be annoyed or offended by pushing a damn button. Entitled old people are even more annoying than entitled young people as they should know better with age. Ridiculous.

1 ( +4 / -3 )

I don't think the staff actually press a button to initiate this screen, rather if the item is tobacco or cigarettes, the system prompts the age confirmation. Why people gotta be so annoyed with the little stuff??

5 ( +8 / -3 )

"Another man-child who doesn't know how to control his (most likely sexual) frustrations"

Their "Society is falling apart."

certainly smells like it.

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So, someone explain please. What if you are 19 years old and try to buy a beer. Does the cashier assume you are old enough and just scans the article for the button to be clicked? If that's the case the button serves no purpose at all right? I assume this is just a way for the cashier to be less liable in case it is indeed a minor.

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

It's still pretty easy for under-aged people to get alcohol in Japan.

1 ( +3 / -2 )

Don't feel bad. At least in Japan you only touch a screen.

Was with a senior citizen in a US grocery store that insisted on checking his ID when he bought a 6 pack of beer. He had a driver license from foreign country so the whole procedure took 15 minutes.

Complete nanny state nonsense.

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Gently tapping the considerably large area on the screen would make him burn fewer calories than lifting the can to have the first sip. Sometimes the vendors staff even do it for you. What’s there to be annoyed. What if he was Benjamin Button? Lol.

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Another lazy man-child with a temper problem. Everytime I make a credit card transaction at the self-service counters in the supermarkets, it always ask me to confirm the payment. Do I smash the screen and say 'Why does it ask me everytime?'. No, I act like an adult, press the screen and get on with my life, as do most of you.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

Yeah, it is an automated response by the register if 20+ itemsare bought. However, the true irony is, every teenager can tell you where the closest alcohol vending machine is. They set up the ID card system for buying smokes from vending machines, but I know high school kids that have these cards, which were supplied by older friends or, in some cases, by parents. Many college and university students have these cards too. One of the colleges I used to work in had around 300 students and 50-60 of them were smokers - all under 20, but they had no problems getting their ciggies and the school did nothing about under-age smokers.

This system is set up to avoid the confrontation of asking to see ID (as stated in the article). However, it does very little to stop the abuse of tobacco and alcohol of under 20's. It only becomes a frustrating part of purchasing 20+ items for those who are clearly well over that age. Being asked fo ID is an important part of becoming an adult. The age of adulthood is 18 in Australia and you have to be 18 years to work in a shop that sells tobacco and alcohol. This is quite different in Japan. I can't imagine a a 15-16 year old girl working in a convenience store asking anybody for ID to purchase items she is not old enough to buy.

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I hate touch screen technology. It speads more viruses and bacteria than you could imagine. Unless I know the the screen is properly cleaned on a regular basis I ain't touching it. At least yot can use your knuckle on buttons, doesn't work with touch screens.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

And we all know that nobody under 18 visits a porn site because they daren't press that "Yes" button! (cough cough... so I've heard exists).

Anyway, didn't Schopenhauer say Japanese are all patient and society has learned calm and patience because of disasters?

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So, someone explain please. What if you are 19 years old and try to buy a beer. Does the cashier assume you are old enough and just scans the article for the button to be clicked? If that's the case the button serves no purpose at all right?

Yep. You answered your own question there. It's a meaningless gesture unless proper efforts are made to ensure the customer's age is verified. With this system, responsibility is just fobbed off to the customer whereas its the vendors that have the responsibility to ensure the customer is age legal age to buy those goods. Japanese society is full of these meaningless gestures.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

I had no idea this even existed. I've never been asked to touch any button while buying a beer in a konbini. Probably the staff have assessed us as tourists, can't read Japanese, obviously over 20, and done it for us (and always very politely). I understand the point that the system is set up to avoid confrontation between staff and customer, but it just seems ridiculous for a 46 year old man to have to do this every time he wants to buy alcohol. Especially when you can just nip round the corner and buy it from a vending machine.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

47 is older men?

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Police added that the value of the LCD touchscreen was approximately 50,000 yen 

that will take a construction worker 5 years to pay

The screen was said to have a spiderweb like crack running through it after the smack.

we saw the pic you provided why write this?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

However, it does very little to stop the abuse of tobacco and alcohol of under 20's.

they live longer, have less crime and better grades than most western countries so I think they will be ok!

-3 ( +1 / -4 )

Thoughts and prayers to all those affected by this heinous and tragic incident.

Hopefully the perp will face the full wrath of the law and be sentenced to life imprisonment etc ad nauseum

3 ( +5 / -2 )

The glass on those machines is so fragile, yet so unresponsive.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Just ‘backhand’ the staff, not the cash register.

It took a couple of broken jaws for them to get the message, but they don’t pester me any more....

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

It’s a completely hollow gesture with the purpose of avoiding confrontation...

I totally get it that working with the public sucks, but this reads like this automated cash register was the end result of some passive-aggressive behavior that originated from lousy interactions between both the consumer and seller.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Seems like the button pushed his buttons on this one.

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However, for a certain segment of older Japanese men, it seems to be symbolic of everything that is wrong with this world and causes them to lash out in fury.

Yeah, I don't think so somehow. Pretty lame writing standard.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

Yep. You answered your own question there. It's a meaningless gesture unless proper efforts are made to ensure the customer's age is verified. With this system, responsibility is just fobbed off to the customer whereas its the vendors that have the responsibility to ensure the customer is age legal age to buy those goods. Japanese society is full of these meaningless gestures.

Thanks AgentX

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Japan has it so nice just pushing a button. The U.S. makes you produce ID every time. Then again, many places don't even ask. They just say, "you look old enough."

0 ( +0 / -0 )

It will always be easy for underage people to get alcohol. It's too readily available to effectively restrict it.

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@Dango bong - they live longer, have less crime and better grades than most western countries so I think they will be ok!

How do you know they live longer? This is a completely different generation and they are teenagers. And, as for the school grades comment: Just because you have the ability to past a test does not mean you are educated. The whole Japanese education system is about scores on paper and not about education. I cannot count the amount of times I have been told to make an easy test for high school students because they are stupid and need the points. That puts your education theory right down the toilet, where it should be!

3 ( +3 / -0 )

A 46-year-old acting like a 2-year-old. I seldom buy anything that requires me to touch the age confirmation screen spot but it’s always a bit of a laugh as my appearance is most definitely well over age 20.

I confess that back hone while still underage, I used to frequent a bar (for the dancing, not the booze). Irinically, I was never asked to show proof of age until I was no longer underage.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Forgot to mention that many Japanese adults who don’t drive do not carry any picture ID. I’m thinking the development of this touchscreen system was maybe influenced by that?

0 ( +0 / -0 )

Chu-Hi drinker says it all...

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