A man depressed after his girlfriend dumped him was arrested for failing to pay for a 500-kilometer taxi ride back to his home town, police said Friday. Kazuhisa Mashiko, 23, unemployed, was arrested after he refused to cough up the 367,000-yen fare for the eight-hour ride across Japan.
"I wanted to go back to my home town, because my heart was broken by my girlfriend," he told officers in his home town in Ibaraki prefecture, according to a police official. But police were skeptical. "He said he took the free ride because he was dumped by his girlfriend but it just seems like an excuse to defend himself," the official said.
He got in the taxi Sunday evening in the western city of Himeji in Hyogo Prefecture and went all the way to Ibaraki, northeast of Tokyo.
He eventually agreed to make amends after the taxi driver went to police, who took Mashiko into custody.
"I will borrow money from my friends to pay the fare," he said tearfully, according to police.© Wire reports