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Man arrested for assaulting worker over noise caused by snow removal machine


Police in Otaru, Hokkaido, have arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of assaulting a worker using a snow removal machine outside the apartment where he lives.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 8:45 p.m. Friday in front of the apartment building, Hokkaido Broadcasting Corp reported.

The suspect, a company employee, came out of his apartment and complained to the worker, a man in his 50s, who was using heavy machinery to clear snow for a company he was contracted to work for, that the machine was too loud. He asked the worker to stop and after an argument, he punched the worker in the stomach.

The victim, who was not seriously injured, called 110 to report the incident. Police quoted the suspect as saying he had been irritated by the noise of the machine.

Otaru received about 74 cms of snow on Friday, the local weather bureau reported.

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At 8:45pm? No wonder the bloke got clobbered.

-8 ( +8 / -16 )

I use a snowblower sometimes as early as 4:30 am and as late as 9 pm. I dare someone to try to do the same to me!

-28 ( +3 / -31 )

I’m on the 27 year old side for this one.

8:45 pm is definitely not the right time for that kind of job. Unless you do it with a shovel or something.

8:45 am, sure.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

Yeah. I grew up in sunny California but went to college in Maine so learned to deal with snow and a great deal of tolerance to those who must remove it.

Punishment: no more snow removal in front of his house. Let him shovel. (Snow is heavy.)

12 ( +14 / -2 )

@ shogun36

In that case, you should go outside and shovel 75 cm of snow with a shovel instead of drinking bear while a 50 year old is doing it!

1 ( +6 / -5 )

. I dare someone to try to do the same to me!

What would you do?

17 ( +18 / -1 )

Where I come from (Canadian east coast), generally heavy equipment (loaders, plows, trucks...) remove snow through the night when parking areas and roads are vacant. Something that you just need to get used to and accept.

Better to punch a snowman in the stomach than a snow removal man. Just sayin'.


7 ( +10 / -3 )

Well, Japan was named noisiest country in the world five years ago.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

Noise pollution is a real nuisance in Japan.

11 ( +14 / -3 )

I’m on the 27 year old side for this one.

One thing is to think he has a right to be annoyed (and complain, etc.) another very different to justify acting violently as a result.

He could have done a lot of other things, there is no justification to acting violently in this case.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

8:45 is definitely not too late for that type of work. A 10pm cutoff is reasonable.

Personally, I hate early morning noise. The damn garbage truck plays a jingle and announcements from a loudspeaker as it makes its rounds...at 8am!!!! WTH???

And, there used to be a kid across the street screaming "bye bye" over and over and over to her father every morning at 8am, as he left for work. Thankfully, they moved away.

Gardeners and city tree cutters start pretty early, too. I wish they'd all wait until 9am. Civilized people without kids or jobs are sleeping in the morning!

-6 ( +4 / -10 )

The worst noise pollution I recall was when I was staying at a hotel in NYC on the 4th or 5th floor and the garbage truck came sometime around 4 am and it has a beeping sound when it backs up that is so loud you can hear it in New Jersey.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

In Winter snow removal by machine is mercifully done quickly. Of course, if done at reasonable times the person doing mechanical snow removal should be punished.

But in summer and fall, leaf-blowing machines create not only unbearable noise, loud and long enough to cause serious deafness. They also raise poisonous traffic pollution, and cause dried dog, bird and squirrel dung into our lungs to cause deadly disease. These machines should be banned

and operators should be arrested and fined heavily or, imprisonned a long time.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

In Japan, 8:45pm is the peak time to enjoy regular life away from the work and chores. Also the sun is down and the snow start to compact. Snow removal should always be done during daylight and for safety reasons if the operator collapse while working in the snow.

2 ( +7 / -5 )

PaulToday  05:48 pm JST

I use a snowblower sometimes as early as 4:30 am and as late as 9 pm. I dare someone to try to do the same to me!

I hope someone does cause you'd be dumb enough to do it and end up in prison.

8 ( +9 / -1 )

The man was probably irritated because he had to wake up early the next morning to drive around in an election car blaring some candidate's name at 8:00 a.m.

Seriously though, 8:45 p.m. is a bit of an odd time to be doing that, but it's not THAT late. What was the name doing at that time of night that he was irritated all the other noise pollution was being blocked out?

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

PS If snow renoval by machine is not done at reasonable times the operator should be punished.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

the snow must be removed when it's there, or it may build up to unmanageable levels, his place is not the only one that needs snow removed; the job is difficult enough without self-entitled crybabies making a fuss.

-2 ( +2 / -4 )

This man’s assault is therapeutic allowing you to complain about noise back in your home country decades ago. We should thank him.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

If you live in snow country when you clear up snow may depend when it falls. Fresh snow is easier to clear. Also someone may need a clear driveway early in the morning.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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