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Kanagawa woman arrested for calling police 1,200 times in 8 days, saying 'Merry Christmas, Die!'

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By SoraNews24

Harassing phone calls are a problem around the world, but over the years, Japan has seen some particularly staggering cases of them. Repeated calls totaling in the thousands have occurred in time frames that make you wonder when the offenders find time to eat and sleep.

Even more peculiar is that a usual target of these relentless callers are the police themselves. The latest such incident led to the arrest on May 15 of a 55-year-old woman in Kanagawa Prefecture on suspicion of obstructing business.

According to the police, the woman called roughly 1,200 times over an eight-day span from Dec 20 to 27. Each call was reportedly full of abusive shouts to the effect of “Why are you even here?” and “Merry Christmas, die!”

Upon her arrest, the woman was unsurprisingly uncooperative, simply telling police that she didn’t remember anything. On the contrary, readers of the news will remember what she said for a long time to come, according to online comments.

“Merry Christmas, die! Ha! I love it.”

“I’m totally going to use that on Twitter.”

“Perfect choice of words.”

“It’s both cheerful and rude.”

“She should have stopped at 1,100 times.”

“She sounds like a real tsundere.”

“If only she could use that power for good.”

“Why does it take the police so long to arrest someone after getting 1,200 calls in eight days?”

There’s no one clear answer to that last question, but according to Very Best Law Firm, which wrote extensively about the ins and outs of nuisance calls on their website, it seems mostly a matter of motivation. Once the police make an arrest, they have 23 days to build a case to submit to the public prosecutor. In that time, they have to establish that the woman significantly obstructed their business and acted maliciously rather than being affected by mental instability. And even if they do that, prosecutors are said to defer cases about 57 percent of the time if the suspect shows remorse or pays compensation, rendering the entire investigation somewhat meaningless.

So, on the first day of 150 calls, the police have to ask themselves if it’s really worth following up on, especially since they themselves are the victim rather than a private citizen. It might save a lot of time to just let her get it out of her system and if she doesn’t, the more days she calls the stronger their obstruction of business case becomes, making the investigation more worthwhile anyway.

However, if these types of abusive call blitzes become more prominent – which they appear to be – the police and prosecutors might take more aggressive tactics to deal with it in the future.

Source: Yomiuri Online, Otaku.com, Very Best

Read more stories from SoraNews24.

-- Saitama man arrested for calling police 2,060 times in 9 days to yell at them

-- Saitama senior arrested after calling telecom provider 24,000 times to complain

-- Foreigner attempts to fend off six Japanese police officers at Tokyo Starbucks 【Video】

© SoraNews24

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Send her to a psychiatrist. This person is not normal, mentally unstable.

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Now just perhaps -and I'm going out on a limb here- but that woman might be mentally unwell.

So we publish stories ripping on people for the manifestations of their medical conditions now?

Might as well write a story poking fun at a man who has Parkinson's because he can't stop moving his head all around when he talks.

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What a Nutter!

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I think she just needs a boyfriend, poor thing

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I thought I was crazy

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Seems that after 10 calls, police should have been dispatched along with the white vans.

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Mrs. Scrooge?

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Should hold her in the tank until Christmas. Dying unnecessary though.

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