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Man arrested after yelling ‘I have the coronavirus’ in Nagoya drugstore


Police in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, have arrested a 49-year-old man on suspicion of forcible obstruction of business after he coughed at two female employees in a drugstore, while yelling “I have the coronavirus.”

According to police, the incident occurred at 12:55 p.m. on Wednesday in the store in Tenpaku Ward, Sankei Shimbun reported. Police said Hirokazu Nakayama, a part-time worker, 49, coughed and blew his breath at two female employees and then yelled out that he was infected with the coronavirus. A store employee called police.

Police said that Nakayama was later tested and did not have the virus. They said he has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he was irritated because there were no longer any face masks available at the store.

The incident caused the store to close for a few hours.

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And the knobhead of the week award goes to...

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Well, lock him up and see if that makes him less irritated, and if he'll cough on his cell mates.

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Shameful. What a hate filled man.

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I just read a woman in Pennsylvania went into a supermarket and coughed all over fresh produce, and the bakery, saying she had COVID-19. They had to carefully get her out of the store, get her arrested and then dispose of all that food, and disinfect the joint.

$50,000.00 bail.

This sort of world event seems to draw out a special class of asshat, in no mistake.

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send him to Wuhan ✌️

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In the states they charge you with bio terrorism.

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Throw his behind in jail for a couple of months to teach him a lesson.

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In the UK, this is what juvenile delinquents are doing. In Japan, it's senile delinquents.

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I said it last week when that guy went drinking full well knowing he had the virus in Nagoya, I'll say it again. Nagoya is the worst area in Japan.

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@Asissor... I almost fell off the chair laughing! Cheers mate!

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Police said that Nakayama was later tested and did not have the virus. 

So this is one guaranteed way to get tested.

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another damn idiot

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So what happens if he did have coronavirus, charges dropped since he was telling the truth?

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Well, at least he got tested.

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Just what we needed - NOT. There's enough panic and hysteria going on now without some jackasses like this idiot making things worse and fanning the flames. Put him in the can!

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"So what happens if he did have coronavirus, charges dropped since he was telling the truth?"

I'd like to think deliberately coughing on those store employees counts as assault.

Yellling at them that you have the Corona-virus? I don't know, what the charge you get for shouting "Fire!" in a theater?

We'll just start with that, maybe he can spend 20-ish days in the hole reflecting on his mistake.

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If I said, in response to some weird looks ... "Don't worry, yes, I'm Chinese and, yes, I come from Wuhan, but I do not have Corona Virus...." would I get arrested ?

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