A 56-year-old man from Makurazaki city in Kagoshima Prefecture has been arrested for physically assaulting and insulting a convenience store clerk because he didn't smile enough while serving him.
According to a Sankei Shimbun report, the incident occurred at around 5:40 a.m. on Jan 3 when the suspect, Yoshiyuki Muta, a flower shop owner, expressed dissatisfaction with the 44-year-old employee for not being cheerful and smiling at him.
Police said Muta asked the clerk to meet him outside the convenience store where he hit the man in the stomach and forced him to kneel on both knees in the traditional Japanese “dogeza" style and apologize to him. The employee suffered kidney damage which will take a month to heal, police said.
At the time of the incident, there were no other employees or customers in the store. Muta had been a regular customer at the convenience store, police said.© Japan Today